Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 12/17/13
12/17/2013 12:00:00 PM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
- Eugene Levy (comedian/actor/writer, SCTV, A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, the American Pie movies, For Your Consideration, The Man, Bringing Down the House) (67)
- Giovanni Ribisi (actor, That Thing You Do!, Saving Private Ryan, Gone In 60 Seconds, Lost In Translation, Lost Highway, Avatar) (39)
- Milla Jovovich (actress/model/singer-songwriter, The Fifth Element, the Resident Evil movies, Zoolander, The Three Musketeers, The Fourth Kind) (38)
- Sean Patrick Thomas (actor, Save The Last Dance, Cruel Intentions, Barbershop) (43)
- Bill Pullman (actor, Spaceballs, The Serpent And The Rainbow, While You Were Sleeping, Independence Day, Scary Movie 4, Lost Highway) (60)
- Ernie Hudson (actor, Ghostbusters, Oz) (68)
- Paul Rodgers (singer, Free, Bad Company, the Firm, the Law, Queen + Paul Rodgers) (64)
- Mike Mills (bassist, R.E.M.) (55)
- Jim Bonfanti (drummer, the Raspberries) (65)
- Tracy Byrd (country star) (47)
- Dave Madden (actor, The Partridge Family's Reuben Kincaid) (82)
- Chris Matthews (journalist, MSNBC host of Hardball With Chris Matthews) (68)
- Nat Wolff (actor/musician, Naked Brothers Band) (19)
- Sarah Paulson (actress, American Horror Story: Asylum, Game Change, Martha Marcy May Marlene) (39)
- Neil Sanderson (drummer, Three Days Grace) (35)
- Ryan Key (lead singer, Yellowcard) (34)
- Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock (turntables, Sugar Ray) (43)
- Bernard Hill (actor, Titanic, Gothika, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy) (69)
- Eugene Levy (actor/comedian/writer) (67)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1777,France recognizes the independence of the thirteen American colonies.
- 1791 The first one-way street is created inNew York City.
- 1843, Charles Dickens's Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, was published.
- 1903,The Wright Brothers -- Orville and Wilbur -- stage the first successful powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, at 10:35 A.M. In the first, the craft flies for about 12 seconds and managed to reach 36 meters into the air, covering about 117 feet. The longest of the four flights goes 852 feet and lasts 59 seconds.
- 1930 Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione is born. He dies in October 2010.
- 1944, the U.S. Army declared that, effective January 2nd, 1945, Japanese-Americans removed from the West Coast and held in detention camps could return to their homes. Ten weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt had authorized the removal of people from military areas "as deemed necessary or desirable." The military in turn defined the entire West Coast, home to the majority of Americans of Japanese ancestry or citizenship, as a military area.
- 1964, Zorba The Greek, starring Anthony Quinn, opened.
- 1969, an estimated 50 million viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on NBC's Tonight Show.
- 1971 The James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever, starring Sean Connery, Jill St. John, and Jimmy Dean, opens.
- 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempted shooting of President Gerald Ford on September 5th.
- 1977 "You Make Loving Fun" by Fleetwood Mac peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
- 1977 Elvis Costello & the Attractions make their U.S. TV debut on Saturday Night Live, replacing the Sex Pistols, who couldn't get a visa to enter the country. Producer Lorne Michaels refuses to allow Costello to perform "Radio, Radio" because of the song's criticism of the broadcasting industry, but after starting to play the agreed-upon "Less Than Zero," Costello stops the band, says, "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song," and kicks into "Radio, Radio." Costello is banned from the show for his actions.
- 1977 George Harrison gives an unannounced performance at his local pub, The Row Barge inHenley-On-Thames,England.
- 1982 The Who plays the last concert of their Schlitz Rocks America farewell tour, atMapleLeafGardens inToronto.
- 1983 "Lick It Up" by Kiss peaks at Number 66 on the pop chart.
- 1989, the animated TV show The Simpsons premiered on Fox network
- 1992 R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People album is certified double platinum.1993 So-called "suicide doctor" Jack Kevorkian is released from jail in Oakland County, Michigan, after promising not to help anyone end their lives for the time being.
- 1994 Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora weds actress Heather Locklear inParis.
- 1996 Tool's second full-length album, Aenima, is certified gold.
- 1997 On a classic episode of South Park, Kyle is denied involvement in the Nativity play and excluded from trips to see Santa because he's Jewish. The episode also marks the debut of Mr. Hanky, the Christmas Poo.
- 1997 Seattle alternative-pop band The Presidents Of The United States Of America announce their breakup.
- 1997 President Clinton signs the No Electronic Theft Act into law, closing a loophole that had protected individuals who claimed they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them on the Internet.
- 1997, a landmark New Jersey court ruling allowed lesbian and gay couples to adopt children on equal footing with heterosexual couples.
- 1998, in the midst of the Clinton impeachment crisis, House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston of Louisiana shocked fellow Republicans by admitting he'd had extramarital affairs. Two days later,Livingston said he wouldn't run for Speaker in January, and would resign his House seat in mid-1999.
- 1999 Korn's fourth album, Issues, is certified double platinum.
- 2001 Comedian Tom Green files for divorce from actress Drew Barrymore after less than six months of marriage.
- 2003 The quest to save Middle Earth comes to an end as The movie The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, starring Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood, opens in theatres.
- 2004 Incubus begins selling a live version of the '80s Police hit "Roxanne" online, featuring Police guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland.