Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 10/18/13
Posted 10/18/2013 12:00:00 PM

Friday, October 18, 2013


  • Chuck Berry (rock and roll pioneer, born Charles Edward Anderson Berry) (87)
  • Pam Dawber (actress, Mork & Mindy and My Sister Sam) (62)
  • Mike Ditka (NFL Hall of Famer) (74)
  • Erin Moran (actress, Happy Days' Joanie Cunningham) (53)
  • Martina Navratilova (Tennis legend) (57)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme (actor and kick boxer, Bloodsport, Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Timecop, Street Fighter) (53)
  • Dawn Wells (actress, Gilligan's Island's Mary Ann) (75)
  • Wynton Marsalis (Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz musician) (52, disputed)
  • Terry McMillan (author, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back) (62)
  • Zac Efron (actor, High School Musical, Hairspray, 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud) (26)
  • Freida Pinto (actress, Slumdog Millionaire, You Wil Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Immortals) (29)
  • Bristol Palin (reality TV star, daughter of Sarah Palin) (23)
  • Erin Moran (actress, Happy Days' Joanie) (53)


  • 1767, the border betweenMaryland andPennsylvania was settled. Dubbed the "Mason-Dixon" line, it eventually became the unofficial boundary between North and South.
  • 1867, theUnited States took formal possession ofAlaska fromRussia for $7.2 million.
  • 1898, the American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly beforeSpain formally relinquished control of the island to theUnited States.
  • 1927 Actor George C. Scott (Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, Patton, Exorcist III, Malice) is born. He dies in 1999.
  • 1931 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at age 84.
  • 1935 Actor Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein, Taxi Driver, The Santa Clause, Everybody Loves Raymond, Monster's Ball) is born. He dies in 2006.
  • 1939 Alleged John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is born. He is shot to death by Jack Ruby shortly after Kennedy is gunned down in November 1963.
  • 1941 The movie The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet, opens.
  • 1961, West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood, premiered.
  • 1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its debut concert for an audience of 14,500 at the Olympic Theatre in Paris, opening for French star Johnny Hallyday.
  • 1968 Led Zeppelin plays its firstU.K. date at the Marquee Club inLondon, having made its live debut inScandinavia earlier in the month.
  • 1969, Lew Alcindor makes his pro debut with the Milwaukee Bucks. He later changes his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and retires as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history.
  • 1977, "Mr. October" Reggie Jackson hit three home runs on three consecutive pitches for the New York Yankees in the deciding Game Six of the World Series, which the Yankees won against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • 1986 Iron Maiden's Somewhere In Time enters the album chart.
  • 1987 Kiss's Crazy Nights enters the album chart.
  • 1988, The TV show Roseanne, starring Roseanne, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf, debuts on ABC.
  • 1990 The city of Los Angeles declares it "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day," marking the 15th anniversary of the movie's release.
  • 1993, a Los Angeles jury acquitted two black defendants of most charges in the beating of white truck driver Reginald Denny during the 1992 riots. The jury did convict Damian Williams of simple mayhem and Henry Watson of simple assault.
  • 1994 Soundgarden's Superunknown is certified triple platinum, while Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral is certified platinum.
  • 1996 The movie Swingers, starring Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, and Brooke Langton, opens.
  • 1999 Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes perform the first of two shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles that are recorded and released as Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes Live At The Greek.
  • 2000 Rage Against The Machine singer Zack De La Rocha announces that he is leaving the band, saying in a statement, "I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideals."
  • 2001 Ozzy Osbourne does an in-store autograph session at Looney Tunes inWest Babylon,New York.
  • 2001, it was announced that a letter carrier in New Jersey and an employee in CBS news anchorman Dan Rather's office had tested positive for skin anthrax.
  • 2002 Hoobastank's self-titled major label debut goes platinum.
  • 2002 The Ring, an American remake of the hugely successful Japanese horror film Ringu, opens in theatres nationwide with Naomi Watts in the lead role.
  • 2004 British tabloid The Mirror reports that Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale is secretly the father of a 15-year-old daughter.
  • 2004 U2 frontman Bono is named one of two recipients of the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.
  • 2005 A charity single organized by Sharon Osbourne to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina is released. The track, a cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven," features vocals from Ozzy Osbourne, daughter Kelly Osbourne, Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland, Institute's Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, and others, with musical backing by Velvet Revolver.
  • 2005 Depeche Mode releases its 11th studio album, called Playing The Angel.
  • 2007, After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homelandPakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured.
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