Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, 10/24/13
Posted 10/24/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, October 24, 2013


  • Kevin Kline (actor, Sophie's Choice, The Big Chill, A Fish Called Wanda, Dave, The Ice Storm, In & Out, De-Lovely, Wild Wild West; husband of Phoebe Cates) (66)
  • F. Murray Abraham (actor, Scarface, Amadeus, Star Trek: Insurrection, Finding Forrester) (74)
  • Kweisi Mfume (FormerU.S. congressman, former head of the NAACP) (65)
  • Zac Posen (designer) (33)
  • B.D. Wong (Actor, Jurassic Park, Father Of The Bride, Oz, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) (53)
  • Bill Wyman (former bass player of the Rolling Stones) (77)
  • Dale Buffin Griffin (drummer, Mott The Hoople) (65)
  • Tila Tequila (MySpace and reality TV star) (32)
  • Shenae Grimes (actress, 90210) (24)


  • 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by California's Justice Stephen J. Field to President Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1901, Anna Edson Taylor, a 43-year-old widow, became the first person to go overNiagara Falls in a barrel and live to tell about it.
  • 1908, baseball's anthem, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," was introduced by singer Billy Murray.
  • 1915 Batman creator Bob Kane is born. He dies in 1998.
  • 1929, the stock market crash began on "Black Thursday," as the Dow Jones dropped 12.8 percent. The market collapsed five days later, starting the Great Depression.
  • 1931, "Scarface" Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion.
  • 1940 The Fair Labor Standards Act Of 1938 goes into effect, creating the 40-hour work week.
  • 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect.
  • 1947, the term "Cold War" was used for the first time to describe the situation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, in a speech by American financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch to a U.S. Senate committee.
  • 1962, the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the Missile Crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy.
  • 1972 Baseball Hall Of Famer Jackie Robinson -- the first man to break the color barrier keeping African-American players out of the major leagues -- dies at age 53.
  • 1973 John Lennon sues theU.S. government in an effort to learn if the FBI is tapping his phone.
  • 1989, Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to 72 hours in jail, 120 hours of community service, and nearly $13,000 in fines and court costs for slapping a traffic officer.
  • 1991 Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry dies at age 70.
  • 1992 Automatic For The People by R.E.M. enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Two.
  • 1994 Actor Raul Julia (The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Street Fighter) dies at age 54.
  • 1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, an ambitious double album by the Smashing Pumpkins, is released.
  • 1997 The movie Boogie Nights, about the inner workings of the porn industry, opens inNew York andLos Angeles.
  • 1997 U2's Achtung Baby album is certified platinum eight times over by the RIAA.
  • 2000, New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens was fined $50,000 for throwing the jagged barrel of a broken bat in the direction of New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in the first inning of Game Two of the World Series.
  • 2002, Washington, D.C., sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were apprehended while asleep at a roadside rest stop in Maryland.
  • 2003 In a statement, Metallica cites "physical ailments and mental exhaustion" as the reasons for canceling a long-awaited tour ofSouth America.
  • 2004 Courtney Love returns to the stage for the first time in months when about 400 people turn out to see Love and her all-female band, the Chelsea, perform at aSan Diego rock club.
  • 2005 Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age are forced to cancel their concert inSunrise,Florida, which is hit heavily by Hurricane Wilma.
  • 2006 My Chemical Romance releases its third album, a concept effort called The Black Parade.
  • 2007 Jimmy Eat World's new album, Chase This Light, debuts at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 62,000 copies in its first week of release.
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