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

Sunday, July 7, 2013


  • Jim Rodford (bassist-singer, Argent, the Kinks, the Zombies) (72)
  • Mark White (bassist, the Spin Doctors) (51)
  • Ringo Starr (drummer for the Beatles) (73)
  • Pierre Cardin (French fashion designer) (91)
  • Shelley Duvall (actress, Wendy Torrance of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Annie Hall, Popeye, Roxanne) (64)
  • Jessica Hahn (Playboy model; her affair with Reverend Jim Bakker brought down his PTL Ministry) (54)
  • Michelle Kwan (U.S. Olympic figure skating silver medal winner) (33)
  • Lisa Leslie (WNBA Star/Model) (41)
  • Doc Severinsen (Orchestra leader on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson) (86)
  • Billy Campbell (actor, The Rocketeer, Once And Again, Enough, Gods And Generals, The 4400) (54)
  • Jorja Fox (actress, C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, ER, Memento, The West Wing) (45)
  • Synyster Gates (a.k.a. Brian Haner; guitarist, Avenged Sevenfold) (32)
  • Dan Whitesides (drummer, The Used) (33)


  • 1846, theU.S. annexedCalifornia after the surrender of a Mexican garrison atMonterey.
  • 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Among them was Mary Surratt, the owner of the boarding house where Booth planned the assassination. Surratt became the first women executed in theU.S. However, many historians believe she was innocent.
  • 1898, theUnited States annexedHawaii as a territory.
  • 1915 Actor Yul Brynner (The King And I, The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Westworld, Futureworld) is born. He dies in 1985.
  • 1930 Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson) dies at age 71.
  • 1930, construction began on the Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam.
  • 1946, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint.
  • 1948, the Cleveland Indians signed 42-year-old Negro Leagues star pitcher Satchel Paige, making him the oldest rookie to make it into the major leagues.
  • 1954, Elvis Presley made his radio debut when Memphis, Tennessee, station WHBQ played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right (Mama)."
  • 1967, Actress Vivien Leigh (Gone With The Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire) dies at age 53.
  • 1968, The Yardbirds break up. Guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist Chris Dreja stay together as the New Yardbirds in order to honor concerts that have already been booked, and bring in singer Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham. Dreja soon quits to become a photographer, and is replaced by John Paul Jones, paving the way for the formation of Led Zeppelin.
  • 1973, "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, There Goes Rhymin' Simon peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1973, President Nixon said he would not appear before the Senate Watergate Investigating Committee, or give it access to White House files.
  • 1976, The Viking 2 spacecraft goes into orbit around Mars.
  • 1978, TV commercial star Morris The Cat dies at age 17.
  • 1980, The original line-up of Led Zeppelin plays what will be their final concert at the Eissporthalle, in what was then known as West Berlin, West Germany, closing with "Whole Lotta Love." It is 12 years to the day after the Yardbirds broke up, which directly led to Led Zeppelin's formation.
  • 1981 The Van Halen album Fair Warning is certified gold.
  • 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court. She would become the court's first female justice.
  • 1983, eleven-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.
  • 1984, Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen hits Number One on the album chart, where it spends a total of seven weeks.
  • 1987 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins his public testimony in the Iran-Contra hearings on Capitol Hill. He claims that he "never carried out a single act, not one" without proper authorization.
  • 1987 One of U2's tour buses is caught in a bomb blast that tears apart a restaurant inBrussels,Belgium.
  • 1990 Faith No More's The Real Thing enters the album charts. The album, the band's first with singer Mike Patton, goes platinum and features the Number Nine hit "Epic."
  • 1990, Martina Navratilova won a record-breaking ninth women's title atWimbledon.
  • 1992 Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons of Kiss have a daughter. They name her Sophie.
  • 1993 Gits singer Mia Zapata is found strangled to death on a Seattle street at age 27. Nearly a decade later, in January of 2003, Jesus Mezquia is arrested for her murder. He is convicted and sentenced to 20-plus years in prison in March of 2004.
  • 1994 Courtney Love and Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando take snapshots of each other in a New York hotel before a Lemonheads gig. The New York Post prints the photos, and Nirvana fans are upset to see Courtney kissing and snuggling another man so soon after Kurt Cobain's death.
  • 1995 Despite the fact that the U.S. Justice Department have ended their investigation of Ticketmaster, Pearl Jam says that they will not use the company for their upcoming tour.
  • 1998, a jury in Santa Monica, California, convicted Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby's only son, during a roadside robbery.
  • 1999, Bill Clinton became the first president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to visit an Indian reservation as he toured the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation inSouth Dakota.
  • 2000, Stock car driver Kenny Irwin was killed when his car slammed into a wall during practice at New Hampshire International Speedway; he was 30.
  • 2001 Actors Drew Barrymore and Tom Green are married. They later divorce.
  • 2005 Chevelle bassist Joe Loeffler claims in an angry posting on the trio's official message board that he's been fired from the band, denying that he is "taking a break to be home with family" as announced the previous week by his bandmates.
  • 2005, Terrorist bombs detonate in four subway stations in London, England, killing more than 50 people and wounding over 700 during the morning rush hour. The attackers are never caught, although an organization calling itself a European branch of al-Qaeda takes responsibility.
  • 2006 Singer-guitarist Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, dies at the age of 60. A statement from Pink Floyd reads, "The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band lineup and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."
  • 2007 The Live Earth series of global concerts spearheaded by former Vice President Al Gore to promote awareness of climate change takes place on all seven continents. Performers include Linkin Park, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Fall Out Boy, John Mayer, Kanye West, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Police, Foo Fighters, Madonna, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
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