Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 7/17/13
Posted 7/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


  • Lucie Arnaz (actress, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) (62)
  • Diahann Carroll (singer-actress) (78)
  • David Hasselhoff (actor, Knight Rider, Baywatch, Click) (61)
  • Camilla Parker-Bowles (Prince Charles's wife) (66)
  • Donald Sutherland (actor, Dirty Sexy Money, JFK, Backdraft. The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H (the movie), Klute, Ordinary People, Animal House, Six Degrees Of Separation, Space Cowboys; father of Kiefer Sutherland) (78)
  • P.J. Soles (actress, Carrie, Halloween, Rock 'N Roll High School, Stripes, The Devil's Rejects) (63)
  • Geezer Butler (bassist, Black Sabbath) (64)
  • Spencer Davis ('60s rock musician) (74, although he initially claimed to be much younger)
  • John Ventimiglia (actor, Artie Bucco on The Sopranos) (50)
  • Angela Merkel (Germany's Chancellor) (59)
  • Mike Vogel (actor, Under the Dome, The Help, Pan Am, Cloverfield, What's Your Numer?) (34)


  • 1889 Writer Erle Stanley Gardner (he created Perry Mason) is born. He dies in 1970.
  • 1899 Actor James Cagney (The Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mister Roberts, Ragtime) is born. He dies in 1986.
  • 1917, with their country at war withGermany, the British royal family changed their name from the Germanic Saxe-Coburg Gotha toWindsor.
  • 1929, Blues and R&B singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins is born. He dies in 2000.
  • 1936, the Spanish Civil War began with an army revolt led by General Francisco Franco.
  • 1941, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak came to an end, as the New York Yankees outfielder failed to get a hit.
  • 1945, President Harry Truman, Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began meeting atPotsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.
  • 1948 Ron Asheton (guitarist, Iggy Pop & the Stooges) is born. He dies of a heart attack in January 2009.
  • 1949, Sweet drummer Mick Tucker is born. He dies in 2002.
  • 1952, Singer Nicolette Larson, whose biggest hit was a cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love," is born. She dies in 1997.
  • 1954 Construction begins on Disneyland inAnaheim,California.
  • 1955, Disneyland opened inAnaheim,California, a year to the day after construction began.
  • 1965, "Here Comes The Night" by Them peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.
  • 1968, the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine premiered inLondon.
  • 1971, Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1974, The Moody Blues open their recording studio inLondon, the first in the world designed for quadraphonic recording.
  • 1975, Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox are divorced.
  • 1976, "Hot Stuff" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 49 on the pop chart.
  • 1976, Changesonebowie by David Bowie peaks at Number 10 on the album chart.
  • 1979, Thin Lizzy lead guitarist Gary Moore is fired from the band after walking out on a gig. He's replaced with Midge Ure for the remainder of aU.S. tour.
  • 1982, "Going To A Go-Go" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 25 on the pop chart.
  • 1982, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble play for the first time at the Montreux Jazz Festival inSwitzerland. The crowd is indifferent to the performance.
  • 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill giving states until October 1st, 1986, to raise the legal drinking age to 21, or face a five percent cut in federal highway funds.
  • 1996 Alice In Chains releases its Unplugged album.
  • 1996 The Smashing Pumpkins fire drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. This comes less than a week after Chamberlin was arrested on a drug charge and the group's stage keyboardist, Jonathan Melvoin, died of a heroin overdose.
  • 1996, a TWA 747 jet bound for Paris exploded shortly after takeoff from New York City and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island. All 230 people on board were killed.
  • 1996, Former Animals bassist and Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler dies at age 57.
  • 1997, Woolworth Corporation announced it was closing its 400 remaining five-and-dime stores across the country, ending 117 years in business.
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