Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, 12/19/13
Posted 12/19/2013 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, December 19, 2013


  • Jennifer Beals (actress, Flashdance, The L Word, Devil In A Blue Dress) (50)
  • Mike Lookinland (actor, Bobby Brady on TV's The Brady Bunch) (53)
  • Alyssa Milano (actress, Charmed and Who's The Boss?) (41)
  • Tim Reid (actor, Venus Flytrap on TV's WKRP In Cincinnati) (69)
  • Cicely Tyson (actress, RootsThe Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman) (80)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (actor, Donnie DarkoThe Day After TomorrowBrokeback Mountain, Jarhead, Zodiac, Prince of Persia, Source Code, Prisoners) (33)
  • Tyson Beckford (male supermodel/actor) (43)
  • Maurice White (of Earth, Wind & Fire) (72)
  • Marla Sokoloff (actress, The Practice) (33)
  • Eric Marienthal (smooth jazz saxophonist) (56)
  • Criss Angel (magician/ illusionist, Criss Angel Mindfreak) (46)
  • Lady Sovereign (rapper) (28)
  • Kristy Swanson (actress, the original movie version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer) (44)
  • Mige Amour (bassist, H.I.M.) (39)
  • Klaus Eichstadt (guitarist, Ugly Kid Joe) (46)


  • 1777, General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men toValley Forge,Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter. When they left the following June, over 3,000 men had died because of the harsh winter. However, due to training and discipline over the months, the remaining soldiers emerged a much better fighting force than when they had entered the camp.
  • 1848 Author Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights) dies at age 30.
  • 1917, the inaugural season of the National Hockey League began. The original teams in the league were the Montreal Canadiens; the Montreal Wanderers; the Toronto Arenas; the Ottawa Senators; and the Quebec Bulldogs.
  • 1944 Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky is born. He dies in 2002.
  • 1946 Actor Robert Urich (Magnum ForceVega$Spenser: For Hire) is born. He dies in 2002.
  • 1955 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes."
  • 1957 Elvis Presley's draft notice arrives in the mail.
  • 1964 "Dance, Dance, Dance" by the Beach Boys peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1966 The Grateful Dead earn their first mention in a national publication when Newsweek does a profile of theSan Francisco music scene.
  • 1967 "Incense & Peppermints" by the Strawberry Alarm Clock is certified gold.
  • 1970 Greatest Hits by Sly & the Family Stone peaks at Number Two on the album chart.
  • 1970 Moody Blues singer-guitarist Justin Hayward and Ann Marie Guirron are married.
  • 1971, Director Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell, premieres in New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hollywood.
  • 1971 The TV movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story debuts. It's the introduction to The Waltons.
  • 1972Apollo XVII splashed down in thePacific Ocean, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
  • 1974Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st U.S. vice president, after being nominated by President Gerald Ford. Ford, who'd been vice president, took over as president in August 1974, upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.
  • 1975 Ronnie Wood is officially announced as the new guitarist in the Rolling Stones.
  • 1980 Supertramp and Harry Chapin are featured on the TV show The Midnight Special.
  • 1981 "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1981 "Young Turks" by Rod Stewart peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1981 Shake It Up by the Cars peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1984 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid is certified gold.
  • 1984,Britain andChina signed an accord that would returnHong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1st, 1997.
  • 1986 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship is released.
  • 1987 "Is This Love" by Whitesnake peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1987 A new version of "Valerie" by Steve Winwood peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1989 Filmmaker Michael Moore's documentary Roger And Me opens in theaters.
  • 1991 Director Oliver Stone's controversial film JFK, starring Kevin Costner, premieres in Dallas, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
  • 1991 On their way home from the store, punk singer Henry Rollins and his friend Joe Cole are held up by a gang inVenice Beach,California. They are taken back to their house and forced to lie on the floor while the gang tears the place apart. Eventually, however, there is a struggle and Cole is shot dead.
  • 1992 "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" by U2 peaks at Number 35 on the pop chart.
  • 1993 Byrds drummer Mike Clarke dies at age 47.
  • 1995 Ozzmosis by Ozzy Osbourne is certified both gold and platinum.
  • 1996 No Doubt's breakthrough album, Tragic Kingdom, is certified quintuple platinum.
  • 1996 The school board ofOakland,California, votes to recognize Black English, also known as "ebonics," in a decision that sets off a firestorm of controversy. The board later reverses its stance.
  • 1996 The Beatles Anthology Volume 1 by the Beatles is certified eight-times platinum.
  • 1997James Cameron's epic Titanic opened in theaters.
  • 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House Of Representatives on Articles I and III, for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky affair. The 42nd chief executive becomes only the second U.S. president, other than Andrew Johnson, to be ordered to stand trial in the Senate. In that trial,Clinton was acquitted, as was Johnson before him.
  • 1998, two days after his confession of marital infidelity in the midst of the Clinton sex scandal, Louisiana Congressman Bob Livingston told the House he wouldn't serve as its next speaker. Also, The United States House of Representatives forwarded articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.
  • 1999 Actor Desmond Llewelyn (he played Q in 17 James Bond movies) dies at age 85 in a car accident.
  • 2001 The fires that had burned beneath the ruins of theWorldTradeCenter inNew York City for the previous three months are declared extinguished, except for a few scattered hot spots.
  • 2003 A tour featuring Jane's Addiction and Marilyn Manson is canceled due to "exhaustion" on the part of Jane's Addiction.
  • 2003 R.E.M. appears on the TV series Boston Public.
  • 2005 U2 wraps up the North American portion of its Vertigo world tour inPortland,Oregon, after playing 90 sold-out shows to more than three million fans and grossing $260 million.
  • 2006 Two new Radiohead songs performed live by singer Thom Yorke become available for downloading at fromthebasement.tv.
  • 2007 Marilyn Manson launches a countersuit against former keyboardist Stephen Bier, a.k.a. Madonna Wayne Gacy, who sued Manson the previous August for breach of contract and non-payment. Manson's suit alleges that Bier did not fulfill his obligations to take part in recordings, concerts and the selling of band merchandise.
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