Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 1/31/14
1/31/2014 12:00:00 PM
Friday, January 31, 2014
- Portia De Rossi (actress, Arrested Development's Lindsay, Ally McBeal, wife of Ellen De Generes) (41)
- Justin Timberlake (pop singer, actor, The Social Network, In Time) (33)
- Kerry Washington (actress, Scandal, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, Lakeview Terrace, Django Unchained) (37)
- Minnie Driver (actress, Grosse Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting, Hope Springs, The Phantom Of The Opera) (44)
- Nolan Ryan (Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher, the all-time strikeout leader) (67)
- Kelly Lynch (actress, Drugstore Cowboy, Bright Lights Big City, Cocktail, Road House, Charlie's Angels) (55)
- Philip Glass (composer) (77)
- John Lydon (frontman of the Sex Pistols; also known as Johnny Rotten) (58)
- Anthony LaPaglia (actor, Without A Trace) (55)
- KC (Harry Wayne Casey) (of KC & the Sunshine Band, "Boogie Shoes") (63)
- Carol Channing (actress) (93)
- Phil Manzanera (guitarist, Roxy Music) (63)
- Bobby Moynihan (actor, Saturday Night Live, The Invention of Lying, When in Rome) (37)
- Marcus Mumford (singer, Mumford & Sons, husband of actress Carey Mulligan) (27)
- Jason Cooper (drummer, the Cure) (47)
ON THIS DAY
- 1919, Baseball player Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color line when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, was born.
- 1923 Novelist Norman Mailer (The Executioner's Song) is born. He dies in 2007.
- 1928, Scotch Tape was first marketed by the 3M Company.
- 1945, During World War II, 24-year-old Private Eddie Slovik became the first American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.
- 1949, The first TV daytime soap opera, These Are My Children, was broadcast from the NBC affiliate station in Chicago.
- 1956, Elvis Presley signed an acting contract with the William Morris Agency.
- 1958, The U.S. entered the space age with the launch of Explorer One, the first successful American satellite.
- 1969 The Beatles record "Let It Be," "Two Of Us," and "The Long And Winding Road," which caps off the principle recording and photography of their album and film Let It Be.
- 1964 Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is born. He dies in May 2013.
- 1970 "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
- 1970 Kiss singer-drummer Peter Criss marries Lydia Di Leonardo, who is said to have been the inspiration for "Beth." They later divorce.
- 1975 "#9 Dream" by John Lennon is released.
- 1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits Number One on the pop chart.
- 1987 "Land Of Confusion" by Genesis peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.
- 1988 The Beastie Boys deny rumors of a split.
- 1989 Dylan & The Dead by Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead is released.
- 1990, The first McDonalds opened in Moscow.
- 1995 The Alice In Chains album Dirt is certified triple platinum.
- 1995 Black Sabbath's 1970 album Paranoid is certified quadruple platinum.
- 1997 The "Special Edition" of Star Wars is released in theaters and grosses $35.9 million in its opening weekend, a record for January.
- 1998 The Presidents Of The United States Of America play their last show -- until their 2003 reunion -- at Seattle's Paramount Theatre. The show benefits the Chicken Soup Brigade, which provides food and services to Seattle residents with HIV/AIDS.
- 1999 Kiss lip-syncs "Rock And Roll All Nite" as part of the Super Bowl pregame festivities.
- 2000, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker was suspended by baseball commissioner Bud Selig for making disparaging remarks about foreigners, gays, minorities, and others in a Sports Illustrated interview.
- 2000, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was charged with murder in the deaths of two people outside an Atlanta nightclub hours after the Super Bowl. Lewis eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. His two co-defendants were acquitted.
- 2000 The Smashing Pumpkins kick off a series of in-store performances and autograph sessions in Lawrence, Kansas, to promote their latest album, MACHINA/The Machines Of God.
- 2001, Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi was convicted of murder by a special Scottish court in the Netherlands, while a second Libyan was acquitted, for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people died. The court sentenced Al-Megrahi to life in prison.
- 2001, The Wall Street Journal quoted former New York Giants players Monte Irvin, Sal Yvars, and Al Gettel as admitting their team stole catchers' signs during the 1951 pennant race, as the Giants overcame the Brooklyn Dodgers' 13-and-a-half-game lead. However, according to the report, Bobby Thomson, whose three-run, ninth-inning homer in Game Three of the National League playoffs won the pennant for the Giants, didn't steal a sign before hitting his historic home run.
- 2001 An 18-year-old girl who suffered a heart attack while being crushed in a crowd at a Limp Bizkit show in Australia dies after five days in the hospital.
- 2001 Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl announces his underground metal side project, Probot, although the album won't be released for another three years.
- 2002 Hoobastank's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
- 2002 R.E.M. and Jewel mark the 20th anniversary of AIDS and the Gay Men's Health Crisis with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
- 2004 Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry join host Toby Keith, Sammy Hagar, Willie Nelson, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and others on a special live edition of the CMT cable network's Crossroads series.
- 2004 Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson falls head-first from a stage platform during a show at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Dickinson finishes the show, though moving noticeably slower.
- 2005 The initial lineup of the sixth annual Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival is revealed, featuring Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay, Weezer, the Chemical Brothers, Snow Patrol, Tegan & Sara, Keane, Prodigy, and others.
- 2006 White Stripes fans get to hear music from frontman Jack White's new band the Raconteurs for the first time as the group posts two songs at their official web site.
- 2007 The Shins debut on the Billboard 200 album chart at Number Two, selling 118,000 copies in its first week in stores. The Shins' previous highest chart outing was Number 86, while its label, Sub Pop Records, never had a record go higher than Number 79.
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