Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 7/19/13
Posted 7/19/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, July 19, 2013

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Anthony Edwards (actor, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Revenge Of The Nerds, Top Gun, The Client, ER) (51)
  • Campbell Scott (actor, Singles, Dying Young, Big Night, The Secret Lives Of Dentists; son of late actor George C. Scott) (52)
  • Brian May (guitarist, Queen) (66)
  • Bernie Leadon (original member and multi-instrumentalist, the Eagles) (66)
  • Vikki Carr (singer; "It Must Be Him") (72)
  • Jared Padalecki (actor, Supernatural, Friday the 13th, House of Wax) (31)
  • Vinessa Shaw (actress, Two Lovers, Hocus Pocus, The Hill Have Eyes, Eyes Wide Shut, Corky Romano) (37)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (actor, Sherlock, Atonement, War Horse, Star Trek Into Darkness, Parade's End) (37)
  • Robert Flynn (singer-guitarist, Machine Head) (45)
  • Hideo Nakata (director, the original Japanese Ring, the U.S. Ring Two) (52)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1900, the Paris Metro underground rail system opened.
  • 1941, the first U.S. Army flying school for black cadets was dedicated inTuskegee,Alabama.
  • 1948, Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux is born. He dies in 1980.
  • 1952, Lynyrd Skynyrd/Rossington Collins Band guitarist Allen Collins is born. He dies in 1990.
  • 1954, "That's All Right" b/w "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" by Elvis Presley, his first single for Sun Records, is released.
  • 1961 TWA shows By Love Possessed as the first-ever in-flight movie.
  • 1969, "Feeling Alright" by Joe Cocker peaks at Number 69 on the pop chart.
  • 1969, Englishman John Fairfax arrived atFort Lauderdale,Florida, becoming the first person to row across theAtlantic Ocean alone.
  • 1975, "Listen To What The Man Said" by Paul McCartney & Wings hits Number One on the pop chart, the same day that Venus And Mars tops the album chart.
  • 1975, "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith peaks at Number 36 on the pop chart.
  • 1976, The David Coverdale-fronted version of Deep Purple breaks up.
  • 1980, "Alabama Gateway" by the Grateful Dead peaks at Number 68 on the pop chart.
  • 1980, "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" by Billy Joel hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1980, "Little Jeannie" by Elton John peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, 21 At 33 peaks at Number 13 on the album chart.
  • 1985, 36-year-old New Hampshire high school teacher Christa McAuliffe was chosen out of more than 11,000 applicants to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. McAuliffe and six other crew members were killed when the Challenger exploded in mid-flight the following January.
  • 1986 "Dreams" by Van Halen peaks at Number 22 on the pop chart.
  • 1986 "Invisible Touch" by Genesis hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1987 With a city councilman sitting in the audience waiting for an excuse to have them arrested on obscenity charges, the Beastie Boys do not use their usual nearly naked dancers and 20-foot male organ at a Memphis concert.
  • 1989 The Beastie Boys release their second album, Paul's Boutique.
  • 1990, the House Ethics Committee suggested Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank be officially reprimanded for his acknowledged two-year affair with a male prostitute. The full House accepted the Ethics committee's recommendation, instead of expelling Frank.
  • 1991, Drummer Steven Adler sues his former band mates in Guns N' Roses, claiming that they pressured him into using heroin, and then they fired him when he went into a rehab program. He eventually settles out of court.
  • 1993, President Clinton announced the compromise "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military.
  • 1995, In the busiest trading day in history to that point, the Dow Jones industrial average ended at 4,628.87, down 57.41, after plunging more than 130 points earlier in the session.
  • 1996 The Smashing Pumpkins announce that they are postponing, not canceling, their summer tour to look for a new drummer and keyboardist.
  • 1996, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended, with some conditions, that the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 be approved.
  • 2001 Creed's second album, Human Clay, is awarded diamond certification for sales of over 10 million copies.
  • 2001 Metallica confirms that frontman James Hetfield has entered a rehabilitation center to combat what a statement on the band's website calls "alcoholism and other addictions."
  • 2002 A Metallica fans makes a winning bid of $23,200 in an eBay charity auction for a day in the studio and dinner with the band.
  • 2004, A groundbreaking ceremony is held on what used to be Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, which was the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival. It recently opened as the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts.
  • 2006 Eddie Van Halen performs at a private party in aWest Hollywood floral shop. Van Halen, wearing torn jeans and without a shirt, debuts a lot of new music.
  • 2006 Radiohead singer Thom Yorke's first solo album, The Eraser, debuts at Number Two on the Billboard album chart with sales of 90,000 copies, while Muse's fourth effort, Black Holes and Revelations, arrives at Number Nine with sales of 48,000, marking the British trio's best week ever on the chart.
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