Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 1/22/14
1/22/2014 12:00:00 PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
- Linda Blair (actress, star of The Exorcist) (55)
- Olivia D'Abo (actress, The Wonder Years' Karen Arnold) (45)
- John Hurt (actor, Alien, The Elephant Man, the Harry Potter films, and Midnight Express) (74)
- Diane Lane (actress, Murder At 1600, The Perfect Storm,Unfaithful, Under The Tuscan Sun, Secretariat, Man Of Steel; ex-wife of actor Josh Brolin) (49)
- Piper Laurie (actress, Twin Peaks, the wicked mother in Carrie) (82)
- Balthazar Getty (actor, great-grandson of J. Paul Getty, Brothers & Sisters, appeared in the Traffic miniseries and Ladder 49) (39)
- Steve Perry (former lead singer of Journey) (65)
- Steven Adler (former drummer, Guns N' Roses) (49)
- Beverley Mitchell (actress, Lucy on 7th Heaven) (33)
- Graham Kerr (TV chef, The Galloping Gourmet) (80)
- Ben Moody (former guitarist and co-founder, Evanescence) (33)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1953, Arthur Miller's The Crucible opened on Broadway.
- 1934 Actor Bill Bixby (The Courtship Of Eddie's Father, The Incredible Hulk) is born. He dies in 1993.
- 1960 Former INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence is born. He dies in 1997.
- 1966 "Day Tripper" by the Beatles peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
- 1967 Simon & Garfunkel perform at Lincoln Center in New York City. The show is recorded, but Live From New York City 1967 doesn't come out until July 2002.
- 1968, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In premiered on NBC.
- 1970, the first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York and ended in London.
- 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized most abortions in the Roe v. Wade decision.
- 1973, George Foreman won the world heavyweight boxing title in Jamaica by knocking out champion Joe Frazier in the second round.
- 1973 Former President Lyndon Baines Johnson dies.
- 1977 Wings Over America by Wings hits Number One on the album chart.
- 1983 "Rock The Casbah" by the Clash peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks. That same day,Combat Rock peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
- 1984, The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial.
- 1987, Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, who's been accused and convicted of defrauding the state, proclaims his innocence at a news conference before putting a gun in his mouth and shooting himself to death in front of TV cameras gathered reporters and horrified spectators. The incident later provides the inspiration for Filter's breakthrough 1995 single "Hey Man, Nice Shot."
- 1990 Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash uses profanity numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award on ABC. The country does not collapse.
- 1992 Nirvana's single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is certified gold.
- 1994 Actor Telly Savalas (The Dirty Dozen, Kojak) dies at age 70.
- 1996 The Offspring's Ignition album is certified gold, while Siamese Dream from the Smashing Pumpkins is certified quadruple platinum.
- 1997, Madeleine Albright becomes the first female secretary of state after confirmation by the United States Senate.
- 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
- 2001, in his first major policy action, President Bush issued an executive memorandum reinstating full restrictions on U.S. foreign aid going to family planning organizations that perform abortions -- even if they're performed without using American funds.
- 2001, ex-NFL star Rae Carruth was sentenced to 19-to-24 years in jail for his role in the murder of Cherica Adams, who was seven months pregnant with his baby when she was fatally shot in her car in 1999. The baby survived. Prosecutors said Carruth planned the murder because he wanted to avoid paying child support. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and two other charges, but acquitted of first degree murder.
- 2002, Kmart Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, making it the largest retailer in history to seek legal protection from its creditors.
- 2002 Nine Inch Nails makes their first ever in-store signing appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square in New York City.
- 2004 Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee apologizes online to the members of Cold for remarks in which she insinuated that the band was breaking up, and that singer Scooter Ward had a drug problem.
- 2004 Documents uncovered by thesmokinggun.com reveal that Courtney Love is being sued by a California law firm that claims she owes them nearly $229,000.
- 2007 Rage Against The Machine officially confirms that it will reunite after seven years for a headlining performance at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, with the band eventually booking more dates beyond that.
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