Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 9/18/13
Posted 9/18/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


  • Lance Armstrong (bicyclist, cancer survivor, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, now disqualified and banned for doping) (41 disputed, 42)
  • Frankie Avalon (singer-actor) (73, disputed)
  • Robert Blake (actor, the Our Gang comedies, In Cold Blood, Baretta; acquitted after facing charges of murdering his wife) (80)
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (actress, The Nutty Professor, The Matrix Reloaded, Collateral, The Women; married to actor-singer Will Smith) (42)
  • Holly Robinson Peete (actress, starred in 21 Jump Street and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper) (49)
  • Fred Willard (actor/comedian, Best In Show, The Wedding Planner, A Mighty Wind, American Wedding) (74, disputed)
  • James Marsden (actor, plays Cyclops in the X-men films, Superman Returns, Hairspray, The Butler) (40)
  • Anna Deavere Smith (actress, Philadelphia, The Practice, The West Wing) (63)
  • Ricky Bell (singer, member of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe) (46)
  • Kerry Livgren (former guitarist-keyboardist, Kansas) (64)
  • Alison Lohman (actress, White Oleander, Matchstick Men, Big Fish, Beowolf, Where the Truth Lies, Flicka, Drag Me To Hell) (34)
  • Jason Sudeikis (actor/comedian, Saturday Night Live, Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass) (38)


  • 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveholders to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.
  • 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published.
  • 1905 Actor-comedian Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (Gone With The Wind, The Jack Benny Show) is born. He dies in 1977.
  • 1920 Actor Jack Warden (actor, 12 Angry Men, Brian's Song, All The President's Men, Heaven Can Wait) is born. He dies in July 2007.
  • 1920 Actor Jack Warden (From Here To Eternity, 12 Angry Men, Brian's Song, All The President's Men, Heaven Can Wait, ...And Justice For All, The Replacements) is born. He died in July 2007 at age 85.
  • 1952 Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone is born. He dies in 2002.
  • 1961, Actor James Gandolfini (actor, Tony Soprano on The Sopranos) is born. He dies in June 2013 of a heart attack.
  • 1964, The Addams Family debuted on ABC.
  • 1965 "It Ain't Me Babe" by the Turtles, a cover of the Bob Dylan song, peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1965 Help! by the Beatles hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for nine weeks.
  • 1965, The TV series Get Smart, starring Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt, premieres on NBC.
  • 1965, I Dream Of Jeannie debuted on NBC.
  • 1970 Jimi Hendrix dies at age 27. He is pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital inLondon,England, with the cause of death inhalation of vomit as a result of barbiturate intoxication.
  • 1971 "Won't Get Fooled Again" by the Who peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart, the same day that Who's Next peaks at Number Four on the U.S. album chart and at Number One in the U.K.
  • 1972 The Who headlines the day-long Rock At The Oval festival in London. Others on the bill include the Faces and Mott The Hoople.
  • 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI, 19 months after she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army and later helped them rob a bank.
  • 1976 "Shower The People" by James Taylor peaks at Number 22 on the pop chart.
  • 1978 The four members of Kiss release their solo albums.
  • 1978 The TV series W.K.R.P. In Cincinnati premiered on CBS.
  • 1980, Cuban cosmonaut Arnoldo Tamayo became the first black person to be sent into space, on one of the U.S.S.R.'s Soyuz missions.
  • 1981 Face Dances by the Who is certified platinum. It's the band's first album with Kenney Jones on drums.
  • 1982 "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by the Clash peaks at Number 45 on the pop chart.
  • 1982 Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.
  • 1983 The members of Kiss appear without their makeup on MTV, the same day the Lick It Up album is released. It's the first time the band members appear publicly without their makeup.
  • 1984 "Jump" by Van Halen wins the best stage performance award at the first MTV Video Music Awards.
  • 1984 Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner are married.
  • 1991 MC5 singer Rob Tyner dies at age 46.
  • 1992 Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains make their big screen debuts as Singles opens. Three members of Pearl Jam play members of Citizen Dick, a band fronted by actor Matt Dillon's character in the Seattle-based romantic comedy.
  • 1993 Kiss performs a private gig inAlbuquerque,New Mexico, at the wedding reception of the daughter of one of the owners of Coors.
  • 1996, Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens struck out 20 Detroit Tigers in a 4-0 win, tying his own Major League Baseball strikeout record for a nine-inning game that he set 10 years earlier, on April 29th, 1986. Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood tied the strikeout record when he whiffed 20 batters in May 1998.
  • 1997, Ted Turner announced he would give $1 billion over the next decade to United Nations programs.
  • 1998, over Democratic objections, the House Judiciary Committee voted to release President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony as well as 2,800 pages of evidence compiled by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.
  • 2002 Santana and P.O.D. premiere their collaboration "America" on the Latin Grammy Awards telecast.
  • 2002 The childhood home of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain sells for $210,000, ending an online auction for the property.
  • 2002 U2 frontman Bono tapes an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • 2003 Moby performs at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Senator John Kerry at theIntrepidSeaAir & SpaceMuseum inNew York City.
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