Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 7/2/13
Posted 7/2/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


  • Roy Bittan (keyboardist, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) (64)
  • Pete Briquette (bassist, the Boomtown Rats) (59)
  • Johnny Colla (guitarist-saxophonist, Huey Lewis & the News) (61)
  • Lindsay Lohan (actress, Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen, Herbie: Fully Loaded, A Prairie Home Companion, I Know Who Killed Me, Machete) (27)
  • Larry David (Comedian/producer, actor-writer, Curb Your Enthusiasm, co-creator of television's Seinfeld) (66)
  • Jerry Hall (model-actress, Urban Cowboy, Batman, Freejack; former wife of Mick Jagger) (57)
  • Polly Holliday (actress, Alice's Flo "Kiss My Grits" Castleberry) (76)
  • Imelda Marcos (shoe-loving widow of deposedPhilippines leader Ferdinand Marcos) (84)
  • Richard Petty (auto racing legend) (76)
  • Ashley Tisdale (actress/singer, Hellcats, High School Musical, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) (28)
  • Rocky Gray (drummer, Evanescence, We Are The Fallen) (39)
  • Olivia Munn (model, actress, co-host, Attack Of The Show!, The Newsroom) (31)
  • Yancy Butler (actress, Witchblade) (43)
  • Dave Parsons (bassist, Bush) (48)


  • 1566, Clairvoyant Nostradamus has a heart attack and dies at age 62. You'd think he would have seen that coming.....
  • 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free andIndependentStates."
  • 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, a disappointed office-seeker, at theWashington railroad station.Garfield died two-and-a-half months later, on September 19th.
  • 1908, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1925 Civil rights activist Medgar Evers is born. He is shot and killed in 1963.
  • 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.
  • 1932, the term "New Deal" was introduced by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for the presidency.
  • 1932, Wendy's founder Dave Thomas is born. He dies in 2002.
  • 1937, Pilot Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over thePacific Ocean.
  • 1947, An object crashes from the sky nearRoswell,New Mexico. It's announced that the object is a weather balloon.  The Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitnesses speculated it might have been an alien spacecraft.  UFO enthusiasts have begged to differ ever since.
  • 1956, Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" at RCA Studios in New York City.
  • 1961, Author Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell To Arms, The Old Man And The Sea, For Whom The Bell Tolls) dies at age 61.
  • 1962, James Marshall Hendrix is honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after he breaks his ankle during a parachute jump. He later shortens his name to the more familiar Jimi Hendrix.
  • 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a civil rights act passed by Congress, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, voter registration, union membership, employment and publicly owned or operated facilities.
  • 1966, "Don't Bring Me Down" by the Animals peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.
  • 1966, Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys peaks at Number 10 on the album chart.
  • 1969, "Honky Tonk Women" b/w "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1969, "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman hits Number One on the U.K. pop chart. The song is produced by Pete Townshend.
  • 1969, Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell announce that they have quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience, although Mitchell will later play with Hendrix.
  • 1969, Ralph Nader warns that loud rock music threatens to produce a nation of hearing-impaired people.
  • 1971, The movie Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree, opens.
  • 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual punishment.
  • 1977, Author Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita) dies at age 78.
  • 1979, The Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued.
  • 1980 Women And Children First by Van Halen is certified platinum.
  • 1980, Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Bob Weir and percussionist Mickey Hart, along with the band's manager, are arrested for incitement after intervening in a drug arrest during a Grateful Dead show in San Diego.
  • 1980, The movie Airplane!, starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Barbara Billingsley, opens.
  • 1983, "White Wedding" by Billy Idol peaks at Number 36 on the pop chart.
  • 1988, "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.
  • 1991, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose starts a riot at a show at the Riverport Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Ohio, when he dives into the audience to take a camera away from a fan.
  • 1993 Pearl Jam opens for U2 inVerona,Italy.
  • 1993, Actor Fred Gwynne (Car 54, Where Are You?, The Munsters, My Cousin Vinny) dies at age 66.
  • 1993, Major League Baseball's longest doubleheader ever was played. The San Diego Padres started playing the Phillies atPhiladelphia at 4:35 p.m. There was a rain delay, and the game began again at 5:45 p.m. Then there were more rain delays. Game One finally ended at 1:03 a.m. Game Two began at 1:28 a.m., went into extra innings, and ended at 4:40 a.m.!
  • 1994 Courtney Love posts a message online slagging her father, Hank Harrison, for appearing on Geraldo to talk about Love and Kurt Cobain, even thoughHarrison never met his son-in-law.
  • 1996, seven years after they shot their parents to death in the family's Beverly Hills mansion, Lyle and Erik Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • 1997, Actor James Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, It's A Wonderful Life, Rear Window, Vertigo) dies at age 89.
  • 1997, The movie Men In Black, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, opens.
  • 1998, The second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is published.
  • 1999 Author Mario Puzo (The Godfather) dies at age 78 of heart failure.
  • 2001, Liverpool renames its airport Liverpool Lennon Airport in honor of John Lennon. A statue of Lennon is displayed in the airport, as is the "Imagine" lyric "Above Us Only Sky."
  • 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney returned to work, flashing an "OK" sign to reporters two days after receiving a new pacemaker.
  • 2003 Evanescence's major label debut, Fallen, hits the double platinum mark in sales.
  • 2004 Hoobastank shoots a second video for their single, "Same Direction," featuring a cameo by legendary female rocker Joan Jett. The treatment, or script, for the new version is written by a fan as part of a contest.
  • 2004, David Crosby pleads guilty to a gun possession charge and pays a $5,000 fine in New York City, while a marijuana possession charge is dropped.
  • 2005 The Live 8 concerts take place in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Johannesburg, and Toronto, featuring acts such as Coldplay, Linkin Park, the Dave Matthews Band, the Killers, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Snoop Dogg, U2, Crosby Stills and Nash, event organizer Bob Geldof and many others.
  • 2006 Staind plays a concert at the Marine Corps base inKaneoheBay inHawaii forU.S. troops returning from and heading to theMiddle East.
  • 2007 The White Stripes board a city transit bus in the Canadian city ofWinnipeg and perform two songs for a small group of fans who had been tipped off to the surprise show through a message board.
  • 2008 Coldplay's latest album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, tops the Billboard album chart for the second straight week, selling another 249,000 copies. Meanwhile, Motley Crue's first new album in eight years, Saints of Los Angeles, enters at Number Four with sales of 99,000 copies and Shinedown's The Sound of Madness lands at Number Eight with sales of 50,000
  • 2008 Russian-born keyboard player and vocalist Natasha Shneider, known for her work with Queens of the Stone Age, No Doubt, Chris Cornell and her own band, Eleven, dies of cancer at the age of 52.
  • 2011 Soundgarden kicks off its first full-fledged tour in 14 years inToronto, after playing only a handful of dates since reuniting in early 2010.
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