Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 9/17/13
Posted 9/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


  • Cassandra Peterson (actress, Halloween character Elvira) (62)
  • David Souter (retired Supreme Court Justice) (74)
  • Phil Jackson (former NBA player and head coach of Los Angeles Lakers) (68)
  • Kevin Clash (the man behind Elmo and others on Sesame Street) (53)
  • Rita Rudner (comedienne and actress) (60)
  • Bobby Lee (comedian, MadTV) (41)
  • Fee Waybill (lead singer, the Tubes) (63)
  • Rasheed Wallace (member of the Detroit Pistons) (39)
  • Malik Yoba (actor, New York Undercover) (46)
  • Constantine Maroulis (singer, former American Idol contestant) (38)
  • Baz Luhrmann (Australian film director, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom) (51, disputed)
  • Bryan Singer (film director, The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past) (48)
  • Matthew Settle (actor, Rufus Humphrey on Gossip Girl, The In Crowd, Band of Brothers) (44)
  • Jon Walker (ex-bassist, Panic! At The Disco) (28)
  • Chuck Comeau (drummer, Simple Plan) (34)
  • Keith Flint (singer/dancer, Prodigy) (44)
  • Ty Tabor (guitarist, King's X) (52)


  • 1787, the Constitution of theUnited States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention inPhiladelphia.
  • 1796, President George Washington issued his farewell address, after having declined a third presidential term.
  • 1862, Union forces fought back a Confederate invasion ofMaryland in the Battle Of Antietam. During the battle, more than 23,000 troops were killed, wounded, or captured, making it the bloodiest day inUnited States military history.
  • 1928 Actor Roddy McDowall (How Green Was My Valley, Lassie Come Home, Cornelius in the Planet Of The Apes movies, Bedknobs And Broomsticks, The Poseidon Adventure) is born. He dies in 1998.
  • 1931 Actress Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker, The Graduate, The Elephant Man, Agnes Of God, Torch Song Trilogy, Malice, Keeping The Faith; wife of Mel Brooks) is born. She dies in June 2005 at the age of 73.
  • 1935 Author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest) is born. He dies in 2001. He's also known as a leader of the LSD pioneers the Merry Pranksters.
  • 1938 Actor Paul Benedict (played British neighbor Mr. Bentley on TV's The Jeffersons) is born. He dies in December 2008.
  • 1948 Actor John Ritter (Three's Company, Sling Blade, Felicity, 8 Simple Rules) is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1963 The TV series The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, premieres.
  • 1964, The TV series Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, and Agnes Moorehead, premieres on ABC.
  • 1965, Hogan's Heroes debuted on CBS.
  • 1966 "Bus Stop" by the Hollies peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1966 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
  • 1966 "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1966 The TV series Mission: Impossible, starring Steven Hill, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Lesley Ann Warren, and Sam Elliott, premieres.
  • 1967 The Doors perform "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange" on The Ed Sullivan Show. Singer Jim Morrison promises Sullivan that he'll change the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" in "Light My Fire," then sings it anyway.
  • 1967 The Who performs on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Drummer Keith Moon sets a flash powder explosion rig in his drum kit, not realizing the show's crewmembers have already done so. When the explosion occurs, Moon suffers a cut on his leg, while singer-guitarist Pete Townshend has his hair singed and his hearing damaged.
  • 1972, the TV series M*A*S*H, based on the popular movie, premiered on CBS, beginning an 11-season run.
  • 1975 Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd is certified gold.
  • 1976 The Sex Pistols perform for the inmates at Chelmsford Prison inEngland.
  • 1976, NASA unveiled its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, at aCalifornia ceremony.
  • 1978, after meeting at Camp David with U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David Accords, laying the groundwork for a permanent peace agreement that was signed the following year.
  • 1983, Miss New York Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America in the pageant's history. However, Williams resigned the following July, after nude photos she'd taken years before were published in Penthouse magazine.
  • 1986, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist to become the 16th chief justice of the Supreme Court.
  • 1988 "The Dead Heart" by Midnight Oil peaks at Number 53 on the pop chart.
  • 1991 The TV series Home Improvement, starring Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Richard Karn, Debbe Dunning, Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Taran Noah Smith, and Pamela Anderson, premieres.
  • 1991 Use Your Illusion I and II by Guns N' Roses are released.
  • 1992 Hole releases its debut album, Pretty On The Inside.
  • 1993, pitcher Nolan Ryan notched his 5,714th and final career strikeout, establishing the all-time record.
  • 1994 Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland marries longtime girlfriend Jannaina Castenada. They later divorce.
  • 2000 British TV personality Paula Yates, the former partner of late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and wife of Boomtown Rats leader and Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof, dies.
  • 2001 Courtney Love puts $200,000 into the stock market to help pump up theU.S. economy in the wake of the September 11th attacks.
  • 2001, Major League Baseball resumed play for the first time since the September 11th terrorist attacks. The games began with the teams lined up on the base paths as a moment of silence was held, followed by the playing of the national anthem and "God BlessAmerica."
  • 2001, Wall Street trading resumed for the first time since the September 11th terrorist attacks, ending its longest shutdown since the Depression. The Dow lost 684.81 points, its worst-ever one-day point drop, but only the 14th worst day in terms of percentage loss.
  • 2002 Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt undergoes surgery on his wrist to combat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • 2003 An Illinois judge dismisses a class-action lawsuit against Creed, filed by four fans who attended a concert by the band in Chicago on December 29th, 2002. The fans claimed that lead singer Scott Stapp "was so intoxicated and/or medicated that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song," and sought a refund of their $55.50 ticket price and their parking fees.
  • 2003 David Lee Roth cancels his fall tour after being injured in an on-stage martial arts accident, when the pole he's using hits him in the face and cuts him open, requiring 21 stitches.
  • 2004 Chicago heavy rockers Soil part ways with singer Ryan McCombs.
  • 2004 Velvet Revolver performs a surprise three-song acoustic set at Snitch, a new club opened by Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland and bassist Duff McKagan inNew York City.
  • 2006 Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman and his wife, Joanna, announce the arrival of their first child together, a daughter named Nico.
  • 2006 Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes make their debut as animated characters on The Simpsons. The episode features Bart Simpson competing against Meg White in a "drum-off."
  • 2007 Marilyn Manson issues his own official brand of absinthe, called Mansinthe.
  • 2007 Three Days Grace's sophomore effort, One-X, is certified platinum in theU.S. for sales of more than one million copies.
  • 2008 Metallica's new album, Death Magnetic, debuts on the Billboard album chart at Number One with first-week sales of around 490,000 copies. The CD arrived in stores on the previous Friday, meaning that the band sold nearly half a million copies in just four days instead of the usual seven. The Number One arrival makes Metallica the only band to have five albums debut in the top spot, breaking a tie at four albums held by the Beatles, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band.
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