Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, 10/20/13
Posted 10/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, October 20, 2013


  • William Christopher (actor, played M*A*S*H's Father Mulcahy) (81)
  • Viggo Mortensen (actor, Aragorn in the Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy, Hidalgo, Eastern Promises, Appaloosa, The Road, A Dangerous Method) (55)
  • Ric Lee (drummer, Ten Years After) (68)
  • Dannii Minogue (pop singer) (42)
  • Tom Petty (rock musician) (63)
  • Keith Hernandez (Hall of Fame Baseball first basemen, guest starred on Seinfeld) (60)
  • Michelle Malkin (political commentator and author) (43)
  • Paul Wilson (bass player, Snow Patrol) (35)
  • John Krasinski (actor, The Office, Away We Go; husband of Emily Blunt) (34)
  • Snoop Dogg (rapper, actor) (42)


  • 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified theLouisiana Purchase.
  • 1882 Actor Bela Lugosi (Dracula, Abbot And Costello Meet Frankenstein, Glen Or Glenda, Bride Of The Monster, Plan 9 From Outer Space, The Wolf Man, The Black Cat) is born. He dies in 1956.
  • 1889 Actress Margaret Dumont (she was the straight woman in the Marx Brothers movies Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races, among others) is born. She dies in 1965.
  • 1931 Mickey Mantle is born. He dies in 1995.
  • 1935 Actor Jerry Orbach (Dirty Dancing, Law & Order) is born. He dies in December 2004.
  • 1942 Actor Earl Hindman (Home Improvement's Wilson the unseen neighbor) is born. He dies in 2003.
  • 1944, during World War Two, General Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in thePhilippines and said "I have returned." (Two-and-a-half years after he had famously said, "I shall return.")
  • 1947, Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.
  • 1955, Publication of The Return of the King, being the last part of The Lord of the Rings.
  • 1960 "Only The Lonely" by Roy Orbison hits Number One on theU.K. pop chart.
  • 1965 "Yesterday" by the Beatles is certified gold.
  • 1967, seven members of the Ku Klux Klan were convicted of civil rights violations in the 1964 murder of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.
  • 1968, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono release the Wedding Album box set, which includes a photo of a piece of wedding cake, a poster of wedding pictures, and several other artifacts. It's the couple's third album in a year.
  • 1969 The Who kicks off a six-night run at the Fillmore East in New York City, where they perform Tommy.
  • 1970 Abraxas by Santana is certified gold.
  • 1970 Jim Morrison is found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity stemming from a recent Doors performance.
  • 1973 "Angie" by the Rolling Stones hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1973, the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" took place. Late on this Saturday, President Richard Nixon dismissed special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, and fired Deputy Attorney General William Ruckleshaus for refusing to dismiss Cox himself, who is finally fired by Robert Bork. Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned in protest. Outcry over the firings led to the appointment of a new special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, and calls for Nixon's impeachment that didn't end until he resigned in 1974.
  • 1973, TV's The Six Million Dollar Man made its debut, starring Lee Majors as a bionic man.
  • 1974 The Grateful Dead plays the last of their five "Farewell" shows at the Winterland Arena inSan Francisco.
  • 1976 EMI outbids Polydor and signs the Sex Pistols for 40,000 British pounds.
  • 1976 The Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains The Same premieres inLondon.
  • 1977 A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd and members of its management and crew crashes in a swamp near Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash kills lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, lead guitarist Steve Gaines, and Gaines' sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines, as well as manager Dean Kilpatrick.
  • 1978 The Police make theirU.S. debut at CBGB's inNew York City.
  • 1979 "I Can't Tell You Why" by the Eagles is released.
  • 1979 "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles hits Number One on theU.K. pop chart.
  • 1982, the world's worst soccer tragedy occurred inMoscow, when 340 fans were crushed to death in an open staircase in a match between Soviet and Dutch players.
  • 1984 "Cover Me" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.
  • 1984 "Hard Habit To Break" by Chicago peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987 Licensed To Ill, the debut album from the Beastie Boys, is certified quadruple platinum.
  • 1990 X by INXS peaks at Number Five on the album chart.
  • 1992 Main Offender by Keith Richards is released.
  • 1994 Actor Burt Lancaster (From Here To Eternity, Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, Birdman Of Alcatraz, Atlantic City, Field Of Dreams) dies at age 80.
  • 1995 The movie Get Shorty, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini, and David Paymer, opens.
  • 1995 The movie Mallrats, starring Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Ben Affleck, Jason Mewes, Stan Lee, and Kevin Smith, opens.
  • 1998 Fat Boy Slim's album You've Come A Long Way, Baby is released.
  • 2000 Johnny Winter falls down a flight of stairs at his home inConnecticut and injures one of his hips. The damage is severe enough that Winter has surgery to correct the problem a few days later. He's since made a full recovery.
  • 2000 Radiohead brings its three-gig North American tour in support of its latest album, Kid A, to a close with a performance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
  • 2001 Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Neil Young are among the performers at the first day of the 15th annualBridgeSchool benefit concerts at the Shoreline Amphitheater inMountain View,California.
  • 2001 U2's planned appearance at the historic Concert For New York City atMadisonSquareGarden is canceled due to "family matters."
  • 2002 Drugs are found on Kid Rock's tour bus by Florida police, although the rap-rocker is not on the bus at the time. Kevin Joseph McMahon, who identifies himself as Rock's personal assistant, is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of under 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • 2004 Courtney Love pleads guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from a March incident in New York, when she hit a clubgoer in the head with a microphone stand. Love is ordered to pay the victim $2,336 for medical expenses and join a drug treatment program.
  • 2004 Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne appear on MTV's Total Request Live.
  • 2004 The Boston Red Sox become the first team in the history of Major League Baseball to win a best-of-seven postseason series after trailing the series three games to none, by defeating the New York Yankees in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series.
  • 2006 Incubus plays a private concert for fans inSan Francisco as part of a promotional campaign with Verizon Wireless. Fans attending the show who own Verizon V Cast phones are encouraged to record footage on their phones and make their own videos.
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