Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 8/27/13
Posted 8/27/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


  • Paul Reubens (actor-comedian, Mystery Men, Blow; better known as Pee Wee Herman) (61)
  • Tuesday Weld (actress, Looking for Mr. Goodbar) (70)
  • "Downtown" Julie Brown (former MTV VJ) (54, disputed 50)
  • Barbara Bach (actress, The Spy Who Loved Me, Caveman; wife of Ringo Starr) (66)
  • Chandra Wilson (actress, Grey's Anatomy) (44)
  • Jeff Cook (of the country group Alabama) (64)
  • Tony Kanal (bassist, No Doubt) (43)
  • Alex Lifeson (guitarist, Rush) (60)
  • Glen Matlock (original bassist, the Sex Pistols) (57)
  • Tom Ford (fashion designer/director, A Single Man) (52)
  • Tim Bogert (bassist, Vanilla Fudge, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Cactus) (69)
  • Neil Murray (former bassist, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake) (63)
  • Tommy Sands ("Teen-Age Crush") (76)
  • Daryl Dragon (the "Captain" of Captain & Tennille, "Love Will Keep Us Together") (71)
  • Sarah Chalke (actress, Roseanne, Scrubs, Cougar Town) (37)
  • Aaron Paul (actor, Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman, Big Love) (34)
  • Jon Siebels (guitarist, Eve 6) (34)
  • Sarah Neufeld (violinist, Arcade Fire) (34)


  • 1859, Colonel Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in theUnited States, nearTitusville,Pennsylvania.
  • 1883, the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurred on Krakatoa, a small, uninhabited island inIndonesia. Tidal waves resulting from the eruption claimed 36,000 lives in Java andSumatra.
  • 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes was signed by 60 countries inParis.
  • 1955, the Guinness Book Of World Records was first published.
  • 1964 Actress-comedienne (and wife of George Burns) Gracie Allen dies at age 69.
  • 1964, the Walt Disney movie Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, premiered.
  • 1967 Beatles manager Brian Epstein is found dead in his London apartment from an overdose of sleeping pills. The Beatles learn of his death while they are visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi inBangor,Wales. Epstein was 32 years old.
  • 1977 "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
  • 1977 "Just A Song Before I Go" by Crosby, Stills & Nash peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1977 "Little Darling (I Need You)" by the Doobie Brothers, a cover of the Marvin Gaye song, peaks at Number 48 on the pop chart.
  • 1977 Jackson Browne records "Running On Empty" at a show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion inColumbia,Maryland.
  • 1977 Jimmy Buffett and Jane Slagsvol are married.
  • 1977 JT by James Taylor peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
  • 1982, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A's broke Lou Brock's 1974 single season record of 118 stolen bases.
  • 1983 "China Girl" by David Bowie peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1983 "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top peaks at Number 56 on the pop chart.
  • 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced that a schoolteacher would be the first "citizen astronaut" to fly aboard the space shuttle. The eventual choice, Christa McAuliffe, died in the Challenger disaster in January 1986.
  • 1988 "All Fired Up" by Pat Benatar peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.
  • 1988 "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" by Elton John peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1988 "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" by Chicago peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton's entourage are killed when the helicopter they're traveling in crashes into a man-made ski slope in dense fog inWisconsin.Vaughan was 35 years old.
  • 1992 Courtney Love files a lawsuit against the British tabloid newspaper The Sun after it alleges that Love's daughter with Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain, was born addicted to drugs.
  • 1992 Stone Temple Pilots' debut album Core is certified double platinum.
  • 1994 Hole names Melissa Auf Der Maur as their new bassist, replacing the late Kristin Pfaff.
  • 1994 Woodstock by Jimi Hendrix peaks at Number 37 on the album chart.
  • 1995 Neil Young performs at the Reading Festival in the U.K., with Pearl Jam as his backing band.
  • 1996 Actor Greg Morris (Barney Collier on TV's Mission: Impossible) dies at age 62.
  • 2002 British band Coldplay releases A Rush Of Blood To The Head.
  • 2002 Queens Of The Stone Age release their third album, Songs For The Deaf.
  • 2003 Hoobastank guitarist Dan Estrin is involved in a motorbike accident inMyrtle Beach,South Carolina, suffering a skull fracture and requiring surgery. Although he is initially expected to recover after a few days, it takes the better part of a month.
  • 2003, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing approximately 34,646,416 miles from Earth.
  • 2008 A 27-year-old blogger named Kevin Cogill is arrested at his Los Angeles home by federal agents on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws for leaking nine unreleased Guns N' Roses songs online.
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