Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 7/3/13
Posted 7/3/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


  • Dave Barry (humor columnist) (66)
  • Betty Buckley (actress/singer, Abby Bradford on TV's Eight is Enough) (66)
  • Tom Cruise (actor, Risky Business, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire, Minority Report, War Of The Worlds, Tropic Thunder, Oblivion) (51)
  • Thomas Gibson (actor, Hotchner on Criminal Minds, Dharma and Greg) (51)
  • Yeardley Smith (actress, the voice of The Simpsons' Lisa Simpson) (49)
  • Jan Smithers (actress, played Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati) (64)
  • Montel Williams (actor-TV talk show host) (57)
  • Connie Nielsen (Danish actress, The Devil's Advocate, Gladiator, One Hour Photo, The Ice Harvest; ex-girlfriend of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich) (48)
  • Shawnee Smith (actress, Becker, The Stand, the Saw movies) (43)
  • Kurtwood Smith (actor, Dead Poets Society, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, That '70s Show's Red) (70)
  • Patrick Wilson (actor, Little Children, Angels in America, Evening, Lakeview Terrace, Passengers, Watchmen) (40)
  • Olivia Munn (actress, The Newsroom, Magic Mike, Date Night, Iron Man 2, I Don't Know How She Does It) (33)
  • Stephen Pearcy (lead singer, Ratt) (54)


  • 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain.
  • 1775, General George Washington took command of the Continental Army.
  • 1863, the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended after three days in a major victory for the North over Confederate troops under General Robert E. Lee.
  • 1884, Dow Jones published its first average of U.S. stocks in the Customer's Afternoon Letter, the forerunner of The Wall Street Journal.
  • 1940, the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted with their network radio show on NBC.
  • 1965, "For Your Love" by the Yardbirds peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
  • 1969, Original Rolling Stones member Brian Jones is found dead in his swimming pool at his mansion in England at age 27.
  • 1971, Doors singer Jim Morrison dies of a heart attack in the bathtub of hisParis apartment at age 27.
  • 1973, David Bowie wraps up aU.K. tour by announcing that he plans to retire. WhileBowie doesn't retire, his Ziggy Stardust persona is never seen again.
  • 1981, The movie The Cannonball Run, starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., opens.
  • 1982, "Caught Up In You" by 38 Special peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1982, "Dancing In The Street" by Van Halen, a cover of the Martha & the Vandellas song, peaks at Number 38 on the pop chart.
  • 1982, "Rosanna" by Toto peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for five weeks.
  • 1985, The movie Back To The Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover, opens.
  • 1986, President Ronald Reagan re-lit the Statue of Liberty's torch after a $66 million restoration of the statue was completed during the 100th anniversary year of its dedication.
  • 1988, Bruce Springsteen announces the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour, which will also feature Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour.
  • 1988, the U.S.S. Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger jet over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people on board, when the crew of the Vincennes wrongly identified the plane as an Iranian F-14 fighter.
  • 1989, Actor Jim Backus (It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Gilligan's Island's "The Millionaire" Thurston Howell III; the voice of Mister Magoo) dies at age 76.
  • 1991, The movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Robert Patrick, opens.
  • 1993, Actor "Curly" Joe DeRita (The Three Stooges) dies at age 83.
  • 1995 Mark Arm of Mudhoney tells the Oakland Tribune that "Nirvana wrote amazingly good songs with some real pop hooks. Pearl Jam is a real charismatic band. We have none of those qualities."
  • 1995 Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland pleads innocent to drug charges.
  • 1995, Courtney Love's request to spread the ashes of late husband Kurt Cobain is rejected by Seattle's Lake View Cemetery, who say they've already got their hands full with people wanting to see Bruce and Brandon Lee's gravesites.
  • 1996, The movie Independence Day, starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, and Randy Quaid, opens.
  • 2002, The movie Men In Black II, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, opens.
  • 2003 Despite extremely mixed reactions from fans and critics, Metallica's St. Anger album passes the million mark in sales after one month in release.
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