Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 10/4/13
Posted 10/4/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, October 4, 2013


  • Liev Schreiber (actor, Scream 1, 2, and 3, The Sum Of All Fears, The Manchurian Candidate, The Omen '06, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt; partner of Naomi Watts) (46)
  • Alicia Silverstone (actress, Clueless, Batman & Robin, Blast From The Past, Beauty Shop; starred in the Aerosmith videos "Cryin,'" "Amazing," and "Crazy") (37)
  • Armand Assante (actor, Private Benjamin, Q&A, The Mambo Kings, Hoffa, Striptease, Push, Nevada) (64)
  • Susan Sarandon (actress, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bull Durham, Thelma & Louise, Elizabethtown, Dead Man Walking, Cloud Atlas; former longtime partner of Tim Robbins) (67)
  • Anne Rice (author, Interview With A Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen Of The Damned) (72)
  • Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard (keyboardist, Sawyer Brown) (53)
  • Jackie Collins (author; sister of Joan Collins) (76)
  • Russell Simmons (Co-Founder of Def Jam Records, Phat Farm Clothing) (56)
  • H. Rap Brown (Civil Rights Activist) (70)
  • Rachael Leigh Cook (actress, She's All That, Josie And The Pussycats) (34)
  • Jim Fielder (former bassist, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mothers Of Invention, Buffalo Springfield) (66)
  • Duke Robillard (singer-guitarist, Roomful Of Blues, the Fabulous Thunderbirds) (65)
  • Bill Fagerbakke (actor, Coach's Dauber, the voice of Patrick Star on SpongeBob SquarePants) (56)
  • Jon Secada (Cuban-American pop singer and songwriter) (51)
  • Chris Lowe (keyboards/vocal, Pet Shop Boys) (54)
  • Russell Simmons (co-founder of Def Jam Records, Phat Farm Clothing) (56)


  • 1890 The Mormons inUtah renounce polygamy, as a condition ofUtah becoming aU.S. state.
  • 1895 The first U.S. Open golf tournament is held atRhode Island's Newport Golf Club.
  • 1924 Actor Charlton Heston (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, Planet Of The Apes, Soylent Green, Earthquake, many others) is born. He dies in 2008.
  • 1931, The syndicated comic strip Dick Tracy, by Chester Gould, debuted.
  • 1940, the movie Knute Rockne, All-American, starring Ronald Reagan as George "Gipper" Gipp, premiered.
  • 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers finally won the World Series, beating the New York Yankees.
  • 1957 TheSoviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit.
  • 1957, theSoviet Union launched Sputnik, the first manmade satellite, into orbit, beginning the space age.
  • 1957, the TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver debuted on CBS.
  • 1961 Bob Dylan plays a showcase at Carnegie Chapter Hall inNew York City to a crowd of 53 people.
  • 1965, Pope Paul the Sixth became the first reigning pontiff to visit theUnited States, as he addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
  • 1969 Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1970 Janis Joplin dies at age 27 from a drug overdose.
  • 1971 Stephen Stills joins David Crosby and Graham Nash at a show at Carnegie Hall inNew York City.
  • 1973 David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Neil Young join Stephen Stills & Manassas at a show at the Winterland Ballroom inSan Francisco.
  • 1975 Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd hits Number One on both theU.S. andU.K. album charts.
  • 1976, Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of the ABC Evening News, becoming the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast.
  • 1978, funeral services were held at the Vatican for Pope John Paul I, who died after only 33 days in office.
  • 1980 "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1980 "Turn It On Again" by Genesis peaks at Number 58 on the pop chart.
  • 1980 During halftime of a game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks present the members of the USC Trojan Marching Band with a platinum album for their contribution to the album Tusk.
  • 1980 Reach For The Sky by the Allman Brothers Band peaks at Number 27 on the album chart.
  • 1982 The Smiths make their live debut, playing three songs at the Ritz inManchester,England.
  • 1986 "Love Walks In" by Van Halen peaks at Number 22 on the pop chart.
  • 1986, Two masked thugs attack CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather yelling "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" as he assaulted him on a New York City street. Ten years later R.E.M. will write a song called "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?"
  • 1988, U.S. televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted for fraud.
  • 1989 Actor Graham Chapman (Monty Python’s Flying Circus) dies at age 48.
  • 1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 debuts on Fox.
  • 1993 Michael Jordan stuns the sports world by announcing his retirement from the game of basketball and his desire to try baseball.
  • 1994 After hearing a woman complain she didn't want any more kids and she couldn't afford to pay for her husband's operation, U2 singer Bono appears on an Irish radio show and donates a vasectomy his wife had bought him at an auction two weeks before.
  • 1996 Edward and Alex Van Halen confirm that former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone is the new lead singer in Van Halen.  He lasts for one album.
  • 2000 Approximately 150,000 copies of Radiohead's new Kid A album that were shipped throughoutEurope are recalled due to a mastering error.
  • 2001 With his third inning home run, 42-year-old Rickey Henderson breaks Ty Cobb's record to become the leading run-scorer in baseball history.
  • 2001, authorities confirmed that Bob Stevens, a photo editor at the supermarket tabloid The Sun in Boca Raton, Florida, had contracted the inhaled form of anthrax. He died the following day, and in the following months four other Americans would die of the disease, which had been transmitted through tainted letters.
  • 2001, with his third inning home run, 42-year-old Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's record to become the leading run-scorer in baseball history.
  • 2003 A webcast by Florida band Hell On Earth, which received international attention because it was reportedly going to feature a live suicide, is derailed by massive web traffic. The band maintains that the concert and suicide both occurred.
  • 2003 Los Angeles police confirm that Courtney Love was arrested two days earlier, on October 2nd, on two separate drug charges.
  • 2004 John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, faces theNew YorkState parole board for the third time.
  • 2005 British group Franz Ferdinand releases its highly-hyped sophomore effort, You Could Have It So Much Better.
  • 2005 Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" officially becomes the best-selling digital song in music history to that point, with more than one million downloads sold.
  • 2005 Nickelback issues its fifth studio album, All The Right Reasons.
  • 2005 Shinedown releases its second album, Us And Them.
  • 2007 A press release announces that Taking Back Sunday guitarist and singer Fred Mascherino has left the band.
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