Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 7/5/13
Posted 7/5/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, July 5, 2013


  • Edie Falco (actress, Oz, Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos, the title role on Nurse Jackie) (50)
  • Katherine Helmond (actress, Brazil, starred in TV's Soap and Who's The Boss?) (84, disputed)
  • John LeClair (NHL Hockey player, Philadelphia Flyers) (44)
  • Patsy Pease (soap opera actress, Days Of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless) (57)
  • Marc Cohn (singer, "Walking In Memphis") (54)
  • Huey Lewis (pop singer, Huey Lewis & The News) (63)
  • Robbie Robertson (singer-guitarist-actor, the Band) (70)
  • Judge Joe Brown (TV show judge) (66)
  • Jenji Kohan (TV writer/producer, creator of Weeds) (44)
  • Eva Green (actress, The Dreamers, Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale, Camelot, Dark Shadows) (33)
  • Jimmy Crespo (former guitarist, Aerosmith) (59)
  • Rich "Goose" Gossage (Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher, played for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres) (62)


  • 1810, Circus innovator and huckster P.T. Barnum is born. He dies in 1891.
  • 1865, the Secret Service began as part of the U.S. Treasury Department, to fight money counterfeiting.
  • 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act into law, which provided for a National Labor Relations Board and authorized workers to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining.
  • 1946, the bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, debuted at aParis fashion show. The bikini was named for Bikini atoll in the Pacific Ocean, which had been the site of aU.S. atomic test explosion four days earlier.
  • 1948, Lynyrd Skynyrd backup singer Cassie Gaines, the sister of singer-guitarist Steve Gaines, is born. She, her brother, and Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant die in the band's 1977 plane crash.
  • 1954, Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records inMemphis,Tennessee. The song he recorded, "That's All Right (Mama)," became his first hit.  He also recorded and "I Love You Because"
  • 1966, Animals bassist Chas Chandler goes to see Jimi Hendrix at The Cafe Wha? inNew York City. After the show,Chandler suggests to Hendrix that he should go toEngland.
  • 1969, "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat & Tears peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1969, The Rolling Stones, with Mick Taylor making his debut on guitar, play a free concert in Hyde Park in London, England. Lead singer Mick Jagger reads the poem "Adonais" by Percy Bysshe Shelley, which he dedicates to the late Stones guitarist Brian Jones.
  • 1971, it was decided that Negro League players elected to baseball's Hall Of Fame would be given full membership in Cooperstown, rather than being enshrined in a separate wing as had been previously announced.
  • 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title, as he defeated Jimmy Connors.
  • 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old "exclusionary rule," ruling that evidence seized with defective warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.
  • 1989, The Seinfeld Chronicles, the original name of the sitcom that would become Seinfeld, aired on NBC.
  • 1994, in an attempt to halt a surge of Haitian refugees, the Clinton administration announced that it was refusing entry to new Haitian boat people.
  • 1995 The Justice Department announces that it is dropping its anti-trust investigation of Ticketmaster, which was sparked by complaints from members of Pearl Jam.
  • 1995, More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were injured when a deck on which they were dancing collapsed nearWentzville,Missouri.
  • 1996, MSNBC, the 24-hour all-news network, made its debut on cable and the Internet.
  • 2003 Lollapalooza returns after a six-year hiatus, opening with a rain-soaked show in Noblesville, Indiana. The festival features Audioslave, Incubus, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Jane's Addiction, among others.
  • 2005 The Fantastic Four soundtrack, featuring songs by Velvet Revolver, Taking Back Sunday, and T.F.F., a one-time team-up of members from Jet, the Distillers, the Datsuns, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is released.
  • 2006 Dashboard Confessional's new album, Dusk And Summer, enters the Billboard album chart at Number Two with first-week sales of 134,000 copies.
  • 2006 The second season of the TV series Rock Star premieres, featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.
  • 2007 3 Doors Down performs at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino inBiloxi,Mississippi. The concert is a benefit for the band's Better Life Foundation, which is involved in raising money to help rebuild theGulfCoast since the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
  • 2007 Korn touring guitarist Clint Lowery is arrested at the Hodokvas Festival inPiestany,Slovakia, following a "wild, drunken night" in which he trashes his room. Lowery ends up leaving the tour for good later in the summer.
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