Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, 8/1/13
Posted 8/1/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, August 1, 2013


  • Tempestt Bledsoe (actress, played Vanessa on TV's The Cosby Show) (40)
  • Joe Elliott (lead singer, Def Leppard) (54)
  • Robert Cray (blues singer/musician) (60)
  • Michael Penn (pop singer, brother of Sean Penn) (55)
  • Adam Duritz (singer, Counting Crows) (49)
  • Robert James Waller (author, The Bridges of Madison County) (74)
  • Sam Mendes (director, American Beauty, Road To Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, Jarhead; ex-husband of actress Kate Winslet) (48)
  • Geoffrey Holder (actor, Live And Let Die, Annie, Boomerang; the 7-Up "Uncola Man") (83)
  • Dhani Harrison (guitarist, son of George Harrison) (35)
  • Jason Momoa (actor, Khal Drago on Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian, Stargate: Atlantis) (34)
  • Dan Donegan (guitarist, Disturbed) (45)
  • Chuck D. (MC, Public Enemy) (53)
  • Suzi Gardner (singer-guitarist, L7) (53)
  • Coolio (Rap artist) (50)


  • 1779 "Star Spangled Banner" writer Francis Scott Key is born. He dies in 1843.
  • 1790, The first U.S. Census was completed, showing a population of 3,929,326 people in 16 states and the Ohio territory, 697,624 of whom were slaves.
  • 1819 Author Herman Melville (Moby Dick) is born. He dies in 1891.
  • 1876Colorado is admitted as the 38thU.S. state.
  • 1907, an Aeronautical Division was added to the Army Signals Corps. The first plane in this forerunner of the U.S. Air Force was built by the Wright brothers.
  • 1933 Actor-comedian Dom DeLuise (Silent Movie, The End, History Of The World: Part I, Johnny Dangerously) is born. He dies in 2009.
  • 1936, Adolf Hitler presides over the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games inBerlin,Germany.
  • 1936, Fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent is born. He dies in 2008.
  • 1942 Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia is born. He dies in 1995.
  • 1944, 13-year-old Anne Frank made the last entry in her diary, which she'd kept for two years while hiding with her Jewish family from the Nazis in a secret annex inAmsterdam. Three days later, the hiding place was raided and the Franks were sent to concentration camps. Anne died in theBergen-Belsen camp when she was 15.
  • 1944, an uprising against Nazi occupation broke out in Warsaw, Poland, a revolt that lasted two months before collapsing.
  • 1951 Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin is born. He dies in 1976.
  • 1964 "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1966, Twenty-five-year-old former U.S. Marine Charles Whitman barricaded himself in a University Of Texas tower and began shooting people below. Fourteen people were killed and 31 injured before Whitman was killed by police.
  • 1970 Actress Frances Farmer dies at age 55. Years later she will be immortalized in the Nirvana song "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle."
  • 1970 The movie Performance, starring Mick Jagger, is released.
  • 1971 The George Harrison-organized Concert For Bangladesh performances take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bill for the two shows includes Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, and Ravi Shankar, among others.
  • 1978, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds went hitless in a game against the Atlanta Braves, ending his National League record-tying streak of getting a base hit in 44 consecutive games.
  • 1979, Good Times last aired on CBS.
  • 1980 Actor Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke, True Grit, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Slap Shot, The Champ) dies at age 61.
  • 1981, At 12:01 am ET, MTV makes its debut. The first video shown is "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles.
  • 1987 "Shakedown" by Bob Seger hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1987 Bad Animals by Heart peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1992 Countdown To Extinction by Megadeth enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Two.
  • 1994 Hole takes the stage unannounced at the Lollapalooza stop in Philadelphia, playing two songs and asking for a minute of silence in memory of Kurt Cobain.
  • 1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announce they had been married 11 weeks earlier in a private ceremony in theDominican Republic. They later divorce.
  • 1995 Former Cult singer Ian Astbury forms a new band called the Holy Barbarians.
  • 1996 MTV launches another channel, M2.
  • 1996 Rage Against The Machine's second album, Evil Empire, is certified platinum.
  • 2000 Papa Roach's Infest reaches the platinum mark in sales.
  • 2001, Pro Bowl tackle Korey Stringer died of heat stroke, one day after collapsing at the Minnesota Vikings' training camp.
  • 2003 Strays, the first new studio album in 12 years from Jane's Addiction, debuts at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart.
  • 2004 P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval is named as an investor in Gamecaster, Inc. The company, which produces and promotes video game competitions, also makes Sandoval its music director.
  • 2006 George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison attends a ceremony atMadisonSquareGarden inNew York City, where a plaque to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the two Concert ForBangladesh performances is installed in the Garden's Walk Of Fame.
  • 2008 Lollapalooza kicks off its fourth year as a destination festival in Chicago's Grant Park, with the three-day show featuring performances from Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Wilco, the Raconteurs and others.
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