Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, 7/15/13
Posted 7/15/2013 12:00:00 PM

Monday, July 15, 2013


  • Terry O'Quinn (actor, "Locke" on Lost, Old School, Hawaii Five-0) (61)
  • Willie Aames (actor, Tommy from TV's Eight is Enough) (53)
  • Brian Austin Green (actor, David on Beverly Hills, 90210, husband of Megan Fox ) (40)
  • Eddie Griffin (comedian) (45)
  • Linda Ronstadt (singer) (67)
  • Jesse Ventura (formerMinnesota governor and former professional wrestler) (62)
  • Jan-Michael Vincent (actor, Airwolf) (69)
  • Forest Whitaker (actor/director, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Crying Game, Panic Room,  won Best Actor Oscar for The Last King of Scotland) (52)
  • Jason Bonham (drummer; son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) (47)
  • Artimus Pyle (former drummer, Lynyrd Skynyrd) (65)
  • Peter Lewis (singer-guitarist, Moby Grape) (68)
  • Arianna Huffington (Greek-born political commentator and founder of the Huffington Post) (63)
  • Marky Ramone (drummer, the Ramones) (57)
  • Trevor Horn (record producer, former member of the Buggles and Yes) (64)
  • Kristoff St. John (actor, The Young & the Restless's Neil Winters) (47)
  • Alicia Bridges (singer, "I Love The Night Life") (60, disputed)
  • Joe Satriani (guitarist, Chickenfoot, Deep Purple, Mick Jagger) (57)
  • Scott Foley (actor, Felicity, The Unit, Scream 3, The Last Templar) (41)
  • Beth Ostrosky Stern (model, wife of Howard Stern) (41)
  • Diane Kruger (actress, Inglourious Basterds, Troy, National Treasure movies) (37)
  • Ray Toro (guitarist, My Chemical Romance) (36)
  • John Dolmayan (drummer, System Of A Down) (40)


  • 1779 Poet Clement Moore ("'The Night Before Christmas," also known as "A Visit From Saint Nicholas") is born. He dies in 1863.
  • 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte formally surrendered to the British. He was later sent into exile onSt Helena.
  • 1822,Philadelphia opened its public school system to black students.
  • 1870,Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to theUnion.
  • 1912, Jim Thorpe won the decathlon in the Olympic games inStockholm,Sweden.
  • 1916, Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products, was founded in Seattle by William Boeing.
  • 1952, New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders is born. He dies in 1991.
  • 1958, John Lennon's mother Julia is killed in a car accident inLiverpool.
  • 1967, "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison is released.
  • 1968, the daytime soap opera One Life to Live debuted.
  • 1970 Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is born. He dies in April 2013 after spending more than four years in a semi-comatose state following a November 2008 car accident.
  • 1970, Badfinger begins recording "Without You" at Abbey Road Studios inLondon.
  • 1971, President Richard Nixon announced he would visit the People's Republic ofChina to seek a "normalization of relations" with the Communist nation. He went the following February.
  • 1972, "Rocket Man" by Elton John peaks at Number Six on the pop chart. That same day, Honky Chateau hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
  • 1973, Kinks leader Ray Davies announces that he's quitting the band. He returns a week later, while brother Dave Davies actually takes a two-year leave from the group.
  • 1978, "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.
  • 1978, Some Girls by the Rolling Stones hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1979, President Carter delivered his infamous "malaise" speech, in which he lamented a "crisis of confidence" inAmerica, scolding Americans for not having the spirit and self-discipline necessary to combat energy shortages and inflation.
  • 1987, former National Security Adviser John Poindexter testified at the Iran-Contra hearings that he had never told President Ronald Reagan about using Iranian arms sales money for the Contras in order to protect the president from possible political embarrassment.
  • 1989 "All I Want Is You" by U2 peaks at Number 83 on the pop chart.
  • 1992 Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton claims the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention inNew York.
  • 1995 Mirror Ball by Neil Young & Pearl Jam enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Five.
  • 1995 The first item is sold on Amazon.com.
  • 1996 MSNBC, a 24-hour all-news network, makes its debut on cable and the Internet.
  • 1997, Fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot to death on the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach, Florida. Police believe Andrew Phillip Cunanan shot Versace. Cunanan committed suicide a week later on a houseboat about two miles north of the Versace mansion.
  • 1998 Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer suffers second-degree burns on his arms, hands, and legs in a freak gas station fire in theBoston suburb ofScituate,Massachusetts. His injuries forced the postponement of the first 13 dates of the band's North American tour.
  • 2000, the American Tobacco Company's near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $1.2 million in an eBay online auction.
  • 2001 Former Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby announces that he is undergoing full-time treatment for AIDS in aSouthern California medical center.
  • 2002 Ex-Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian announce that they will present their Axis Of Justice organization on the 2002 OzzFest tour. The organization promotes political activism related to war, racism, political prisoners, domestic violence, and the environment.
  • 2002 Rob Zombie and the Mazda Motor company settle out of court after Zombie sues the company for copyright infringement. Music from Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe was used in a Mazda commercial without his consent.
  • 2002, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to two felony charges in a deal that spared him from life in prison. Lindh pleaded guilty to supplying help to the Taliban and carrying explosives, for which he will serve a 20-year sentence.
  • 2003 Courtney Love officially signs a new record deal with Virgin Records.
  • 2003 Crazy Town, Stereomud, and the Union Underground are all dropped from the Columbia Records roster.
  • 2003 Hoobastank raises $19,000 at a benefit show for the newAliceC.StelleMiddle School in their hometown ofCalabasas,California. The school is still under construction, but experiencing financial problems due toCalifornia's budget crisis.
  • 2004 311 plays a free show in their hometown ofOmaha,Nebraska as part of the city's celebration of its 150th birthday.
  • 2004 Trent Reznor confirms in an online posting that Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters is playing drums on the new Nine Inch Nails album.
  • 2005 The 10th annual OzzFest kicks off at theTweeterCenter inMansfield,Massachusetts.
  • 2006 Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley and Avril Lavigne tie the knot in an outdoor ceremony at a private estate inMontecito,California.
  • 2007 The Plain White T's major label debut, Every Second Counts, is certified gold for selling more than 500,000 copies, a first for the pop-punk act.
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