Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 2/11/14
Posted 2/11/2014 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


  • Jennifer Aniston (actress, Friends, Bruce Almighty, He's Just Not That Into You, The Bounty Hunter, The Switch, Just Go With It, We're The Millers, Horrible Bosses, The Good Girl, Marley & Me; ex-wife of Brad Pitt) (45)
  • Taylor Lautner (actor, Twilight movies, Cheaper by the Dozen 2) (22)
  • Jeb Bush (former governor ofFlorida, brother of President George W. Bush) (61)
  • Tina Louise (actress, Gilligan's Island's Ginger) (80)
  • Burt Reynolds (actor, Gunsmoke, Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandi moviest, Cannonball Run, Boogie Nights) (78)
  • Matthew Lawrence (actor, Boy Meets World, Mrs. Doubtfire) (34)
  • Kelly Rowland (R&B singer, former member of Destiny's Child) (33)
  • Brandy (singer and actress, Moesha) (35)
  • D'Angelo (R&B singer) (40)
  • Sheryl Crow (pop singer/songwriter) (52)
  • Sergio Mendes (Brazilian musician) (73)
  • Manuel Noriega (former Panamanian strongman) (80, disputed)
  • Gerry Goffin (lyricist, "One Fine Day," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion," "I've Got To Use My Imagination," ex-husband of Carole King) (75)
  • Russ Freeman (jazz guitarist, leader of the Rippingtons) (54)
  • Sarah Palin (American politician, ex-governor ofAlaska who quit in middle of first term; former Republican vice-presidential candidate running-mate of Senator John McCain) (50)
  • Natalie Dormer (English actress, played Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, Casanova, W.E., Captain America: The First Avenger, Game Of Thrones) (32)
  • Damian Lewis (actor, Homeland) (43)
  • Mike Shinoda (MC/vocalist, Linkin Park) (37)
  • Craig Jones (a.k.a. "#5"; keyboardist/sampler, Slipknot) (42)
  • H.R. (singer, Bad Brains) (58)


  • 1752, Through the efforts of Benjamin Franklin, the first American hospital, calledPennsylvania Hospital, opened inPhiladelphia.
  • 1794, The first session of the United States Senate was open to the public.
  • 1809Robert Fulton patented the steamboat.
  • 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte married Marie-Louise ofAustria.
  • 1847, Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is born. He dies in 1931.
  • 1858, The blessed Virgin Mary Of Lourdes is said to have appeared for the first time toSaint Bernadette.
  • 1916, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presented its first concert. The symphony was the first by a municipal orchestra to be supported by taxes.
  • 1919, Actress Eva Gabor (GigiGreen Acres) is born. She dies in 1995.
  • 1921 Actress Eva Gabor (Gigi, Green Acres) is born. She dies in 1995.
  • 1926 Leslie Nielsen (actor, Airplane!, the Naked Gun movies, Spy Hard, Scary Movie 3) is born. He dies in November 2010.
  • 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed withItaly, recognizing the independence and sovereignty ofVatican City.
  • 1935, Gene Vincent ("Be-Bop-A-Lula") is born. He dies in 1971.
  • 1937, a sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
  • 1958Ruth Carol Taylor was the first black woman to become a flight attendant, making her initial flight on Mohawk Airlines from Ithaca, New York, to New York City.
  • 1960Tonight Show host Jack Paar walked off during a show, angry over being censored for a joke using the term "water closet." Sidekick Hugh Downs filled in. When Parr returned a few weeks later, his first line was: "As I was saying before I was interrupted."
  • 1963, Author Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar) dies at age 30.
  • 1963, The Beatles record 10 songs for their debut album Please Please Me in one nine-hour-and-45-minute session atAbbey Road studios inLondon.
  • 1964, The Beatles play their first U.S. concert, which takes place at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. Also on the bill are Tommy Roe, the Chiffons, and theCarvelles.
  • 1965, Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey Tigrett are married. They later divorce.
  • 1972, David Bowie plays a concert in England backed by guitarist Mick Ronson, bass player Trevor Bolder, and drummer Mick Woodmansey. The group is billed for the first time as the Spiders From Mars, and Bowie unveils his Ziggy Stardust persona.
  • 1978 A live version of "Shout It Out Loud" from Alive II by Kiss peaks at Number 54 on the pop chart.
  • 1979, followers of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah and seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile.
  • 1983, The Rolling Stones concert movie Let's Spend The Night Together opens.
  • 1984, "Middle Of The Road" by the Pretenders peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.
  • 1984, "Pink Houses" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
  • 1984, "That's All!" by Genesis peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1989, "Angel Of Harlem" by U2 peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart.
  • 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed by the South African government after 27 years in prison as a political prisoner for his work against the country's system of apartheid. Mandela assumed the forefront of the African black struggle after his release from prison.
  • 1992 Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and his wife, Pam, welcome their son, Justis David Mustaine, into the world.
  • 1993, President Bill Clinton announced Miami prosecutor Janet Reno as his choice to be the nation's first female attorney general.
  • 1994 Actor William Conrad (Cannon, Nero Wolfe, Jake & The Fatman; provided voices and was the narrator for many animated TV series, including Rocky & Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right) dies at age 73.
  • 1994 The Ramones play their 2000th show inTokyo.
  • 1995, Balance by Van Halen enters the album chart at Number One.
  • 1999, A federal jury in New York City found several gun makers responsible in three area shootings for letting guns fall into the hands of criminals.
  • 2001 Action figure maker Todd McFarlane unveils his Metallica figures at the annual Toy Fair inNew York City.
  • 2002 Limp Bizkit ends its cross-country "search" for a new guitar player without choosing one from the hundreds of fans who turned out to audition.
  • 2003 The Ramones tribute album We're A Happy Family is released. It features Ramones covers by acts including U2, Kiss, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rob Zombie, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Marilyn Manson, Garbage, Green Day, Rancid, Pete Yorn, the Offspring, and Tom Waits.
  • 2004 A Superior Court judge in Beverly Hills, California, issues a bench warrant for the arrest of singer Courtney Love after she fails to appear for a hearing on felony drug possession charges.
  • 2005 Korn singer Jonathan Davis, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, and bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu make a surprise appearance on the USA Network series Monk.
  • 2005 Scottish youth Luke Mitchell is sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison for the June 2003 murder of his girlfriend, Jodi Jones. The prosecutors in the case theorized that images of a murdered woman contained on a Marilyn Manson DVD might have motivated Mitchell.
  • 2006 Just one day after getting married for the second time, ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp is arrested atLos AngelesInternationalAirport on public drunkenness charges.
  • 2006 Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots Harry Whittington in the face while the two are hunting together.
  • 2007 The Red Hot Chili Peppers take home four Grammy Awards at the 49th annual awards ceremony, earning Best Rock Album for their 2006 double-CD set, Stadium Arcadium, as well as Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Dani California." Meanwhile, Wolfmother becomes the first Australian act to win a Grammy in 25 years, when its single "Woman" lands Best Hard Rock Performance.
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