Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 8/2/13
Posted 8/2/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, August 2, 2013


  • Wes Craven (director, Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Serpent And The Rainbow, the Scream trilogy, Red Eye) (74)
  • Edward Furlong (actor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, American History X) (36)
  • Peter O'Toole (retired Irish actor, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Lion In Winter, My Favorite Year, Club Paradise, Troy) (81)
  • Mary-Louise Parker (actress, Weeds, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Client, Red Dragon, The West Wing, Angels In America) (49)
  • Kevin Smith (actor-writer-director, Clerks I and II, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks 2) (43)
  • Victoria Jackson (actress-comedienne, Saturday Night Live) (54)
  • Butch Patrick (actor, The Munsters' Eddie) (60)
  • Joe Lynn Turner (singer, Rainbow, Deep Purple) (62)
  • Apollonia Kotero (TV/Movie actress, R&B singer) (54)
  • Garth Hudson (keyboardist-saxophonist, the Band) (76)
  • Andy Fairweather-Low (singer-guitarist; known best for his work with Eric Clapton, but has also played with the Who, Roger Waters, Procol Harum, Stevie Nicks, and David Crosby, among others) (65, disputed)
  • Judge Lance Ito (celebrity judge) (63)
  • Sam Worthington (actor, Terminator Salvation, Avatar, Clash of the Titans) (37)
  • John Stanier (ex-drummer, Helmet) (45)
  • Jimmy Pop (lead singer, Bloodhound Gang) (41)


  • 1776 Members of the Continental Congress begin adding their signatures to the Declaration Of Independence.
  • 1791 Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. receive a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They are the first father-son pair to receive a patent.
  • 1876, Frontiersman, gunslinger and gambler Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker. He was 39.
  • 1921, the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series were acquitted by a jury, with several of the jurors lifting the men onto their shoulders in celebration. The next day, Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis said the overwhelming evidence clearly showed the "Black Sox" fixed the games, and ruled all eight would be banned from professional baseball for life.
  • 1922 Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell dies at age 75.
  • 1924 Actor Carroll O'Connor (All In The Family, In The Heat Of The Night, Mad About You) is born. He dies in 2001.
  • 1934, with the death of German President Paul Von Hindenburg, Chancellor Adolf Hitler became absolute dictator under the title of Fuhrer, meaning "Leader."
  • 1939, scientist Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt urging the U.S. to begin an atomic weapons research program, because of his worries about Nazi Germany's atomic weapons research.
  • 1943, a U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, the PT-109, under the command of Lieutenant (and future president) John F. Kennedy, sank after being cut in two by a Japanese destroyer off theSolomon Islands. The survivors managed to swim to an unoccupied island, where they were later rescued. Kennedy, who was credited with saving at least one of the crewmen, was acclaimed as a hero.
  • 1975 "One Of These Nights" by the Eagles hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1975 "Saturday Night Special" by Lynyrd Skynyrd peaks at Number 27 on the pop chart.
  • 1986 Invisible Touch by Genesis peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it spends a total of two weeks.
  • 1990, in the first act of the Persian Gulf War,Iraq invaded neighboring country ofKuwait.
  • 1991 Metallica releases its self-titled fifth album, a.k.a. "the black album."
  • 1991 Perry Farrell announces the imminent demise of Jane's Addiction.
  • 1994 Soundgarden's Superunknown album is certified double platinum.
  • 2000 Five people are injured at a No Doubt show inMesa,Arizona, when 4,000 fans rush the stage.
  • 2000, Republicans awarded Texas Governor George W. Bush their 2000 presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia, and ratified Dick Cheney as his running mate.
  • 2003 Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl marries Jordyn Blum.
  • 2003 The Kiss/Aerosmith co-headlining tour kicks off inHartford,Connecticut, at the Ctnow.com Meadows Music.
  • 2004 Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood is sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty the previous May to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.Kirkwood attacked a security guard with the guard's own baton outside aPhoenix post office on December 26th, 2003.
  • 2004 U2 frontman Bono sings at a private funeral for Susan Buffett, the wife of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
  • 2005 Green Day severs its ties with Lookout! Records, the independent punk label that released several early EPs and albums by the band. The trio regains control of its catalog from Lookout, effectively putting the label out of business.
  • 2005 Killers frontman Brandon Flowers marries his longtime girlfriend, Tana Munblowsky, in a secret ceremony inHawaii.
  • 2007 Marilyn Manson is sued by former keyboard player Stephen Bier, who performed with the band under the name Madonna Wayne Gacy. Bier accuses Manson of "filching millions of dollars the band made over the years" with the help of his manager, lawyer and business manager, spending band money on a lavish wedding, Nazi memorabilia and bizarre items such as the skeleton of a Chinese girl.
  • 2011 Word surfaces that Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burnley has filed a lawsuit claiming that he should have sole ownership of the band's name after firing guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski over their involvement in an unauthorized remix of one of the group's songs.
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