Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday 12/18/13
Posted 12/18/2013 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


  • Katie Holmes (actress, Dawson's Creek, Phone Booth, Batman Begins; ex-wife of Tom Cruise) (35)
  • Christina Aguilera (pop singer) (33)
  • Keith Richards (Rolling Stones guitarist) (70)
  • DMX (Rapper) (43)
  • Tara Conner (MissUSA) (28)
  • Cledus T. Judd (country music personality) (49)
  • Brad Pitt (actor, Interview With The VampireFight ClubOcean's ElevenTroyOcean's TwelveBabel, Inglorious Basterds, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball, World War Z) (50)
  • Steven Spielberg (director, Jaws, E.T., the Indiana Jones movies, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, War Of The Worlds, Munich, War Horse, The Adventures Of Tintin, Lincoln) (67)
  • Ray Liotta (actor, Field Of Dreams, Goodfellas, Hannibal, Identity) (59, disputed)
  • "Stone ColdSteve Austin (professional wrestler, real name Steven Williams) (49)
  • Rachel Griffiths (actress, Six Feet UnderBrothers & Sisters) (45)
  • Bobby Keys (saxophonist, longtime Rolling Stones sideman) (70)
  • Elliot Easton (lead guitarist, the CarsCreedence Clearwater Revisited, the New Cars) (60)
  • Sam Andrew (guitarist, Big Brother & the Holding Company) (72)
  • DJ Lethal (turntables, Limp Bizkit) (41)


  • 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, took effect.
  • 1915, President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt.
  • 1917 Actor Ossie Davis (No Way OutSchool DazeDo The Right ThingJungle FeverGrumpy Old MenDoctor Dolittle; husband of Ruby Dee) is born. He dies in February 2005.
  • 1938 Animals bassist and Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler is born. He dies in 1996.
  • 1944, in a pair of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans, but also said undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not be detained.
  • 1950 Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo is born. He dies in 2002.
  • 1956, the game show To Tell The Truth debuted on CBS.
  • 1961Wilt Chamberlain of the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors scored 78 points in one game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 1966, the animated holiday classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas aired for the first time on CBS.
  • 1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference while sitting in a bag at London's Royal Albert Hall, at the Christmas party for the Underground Art Movement.
  • 1970 Pendulum by Creedence Clearwater Revival is certified gold.
  • 1970 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan is certified gold.
  • 1971 "An Old Fashioned Love Song" by Three Dog Night peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1971 "Behind Blue Eyes" by the Who peaks at Number 34 on the pop chart, the same day that Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy peaks at Number 11 on the album chart.
  • 1971 Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1971 There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & the Family Stone hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1976 The Pretender by Jackson Browne peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1976Wonder Woman debuted on ABC.
  • 1983 Keith Richards and model Patti Hansen are married on his 40th birthday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Fellow Rolling Stone Mick Jagger is the best man.
  • 1984 Actors Christopher Guest (Death WishThis Is Spinal TapSaturday Night LiveThe Princess BrideA Few Good MeWaiting For GuffmanBest In ShowA Mighty Wind) and Jamie Lee Curtis (the Halloween movies, The FogTrading PlacesPerfectA Fish Called WandaTrue LiesFreaky Friday) are married.
  • 1986 AHouston judge says that while heavy metal music glorifying violence is "filth," it is not responsible for the conduct of a 16-year-old who shot and killed her mother after a fight over a knitting needle.
  • 1987Ivan Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting what was at the time Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal.
  • 1992 The Nine Inch Nails EP Broken is certified platinum.
  • 1997 Actor-comedian Chris Farley (Saturday Night Live, Airheads, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Beverly Hills Ninja) dies at age 33.
  • 1997 Feminist activists, including Gloria Steinem, C. Delores Tucker, and Eleanor Smeal gather in front of the Time Warner building in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to protest the Prodigy song "Smack My B**ch Up."
  • 1999, after living in an ancient California redwood tree for two years, activist Julia "ButterflyHill came down, ending her anti-logging protest.
  • 2001 Kiss: The Box Set by Kiss is certified gold.
  • 2002 Radiohead webcasts three new songs from their then yet-to-be-released Hail To The Thief album.
  • 2003 Aerosmith plays a special soundcheck at The Forum inInglewood,California, for the first 2,000 people who donate at least one grocery bag of non-perishable food to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
  • 2003 Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and bassist Brad Wilk, System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian, and Stone Sour/Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor perform at a benefit in West Hollywood, California, with all proceeds going to striking Los Angeles grocery store workers to help them buy Christmas presents for their families.
  • 2006 Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland makes a rare solo appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he performs a "jazzy" version of the holiday standard "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."
  • 2007 Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo issues a collection titled Alone -- The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. The set spans 15 years and contains early versions of Weezer tunes, some unreleased tracks, and a few covers.
  • 2009 Oscar-winning director James Cameron's first movie since 1997's Titanic, the visually ground-breaking sci-fi epic Avatar, opens in theatres.
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