Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 3/18/14
Posted 3/18/2014 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Vanessa L. Williams (actress-singer, Desperate Housewives, Ugly BettyEraserSoul FoodShaft; former Miss America who was dethroned after nude photos of her were published in Penthouse) (51)
  • Adam Levine (frontman/singer, Maroon 5) (35)
  • Brad Dourif (actor, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestThe Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers' Grima Wormtongue, Blue Velvet Deadwood, the voice of Chucky in the Chucky movies) (64)
  • Kevin Dobson (actor, Kojak's Sergeant Crocker, Knots Landing) (71)
  • Irene Cara (singer, "Fame," "Flashdance"; actress, SparkleFame) (55, disputed)
  • Queen Latifah (rapper, talk show host, actress, Chicago, Bringing Down The House, Beautyshop, Taxi) (44)
  • Thomas Ian Griffith (actor, VampiresXXX) (52)
  • Dane Cook (comedian/actor, Good Luck Chuck, Dan In Real Life, My Best Friend's Girl) (42)
  • Lily Collins (actress, The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones; daughter of Phil Collins) (25)
  • Jerry Cantrell (guitarist, Alice In Chains) (48)
  • Jeff LeBar (guitarist, Cinderella) (51)
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ON THIS DAY:

  • 1813David Melville ofNewport,Rhode Island, patents the gas streetlight. He celebrates by having the new lights installed in front of his house.
  • 1837Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th U.S. President, is born.
  • 1844, Russian Composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is born.
  • 1850, The First Stagecoach Company is formed by Henry Wells & William Fargo, called the American Express. It's later changed to Wells Fargo, a coast-to-coast express business.
  • 1893Lord Stanley donated a trophy to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. It became hockey's championship Stanley Cup.
  • 1926 Actor Peter Graves (TV's Mission: ImpossibleAirplane!) is born. He dies in March 2010.
  • 1931, Schick Incorporated markets the first electric dry razor by Colonel Jacob Schick inStanford,Connecticut.
  • 1932, Famed author John Updike was born. He died in 2009.
  • 1949, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO for short, is established.
  • 1953, The Boston Braves move toMilwaukee.
  • 1959,Hawaii is admitted as the 50th state of theU.S.
  • 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that states must supply free legal counsel to all people facing criminal charges who can't afford their own attorney.
  • 1965, Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov was the first person to walk in space.
  • 1967, "Penny Lane" by the Beatles hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1968, The movie The Producers, starring Zero MostelGene WilderChristopher Hewett, and Dick Shawn, opens.
  • 1972, "Heart Of Gold" by Neil Young hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against theUnited States.
  • 1975, The movie Tommy, starring the WhoOliver ReedAnn-MargretElton John,Eric ClaptonJack Nicholson, and Tina Turner, has its U.S. premiere in New York City.
  • 1976, The movie The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring David Bowie, premieres inLondon.
  • 1977 The Clash releases their first single, "White Riot."
  • 1980 AC/DC's Highway To Hell is certified platinum.
  • 1989, InEgypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • 1990, 12 paintings, including three from Rembrandt and five from Degas, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum inBoston,Massachusetts, by two thieves posing as police officers. This is the largest art theft inUS history, with the works collectively worth $300 million. The paintings have still not been recovered.
  • 1992Leona Helmsley was sentenced to four years at Danbury, Connecticut's Federal Correctional Institute for tax evasion.
  • 1994 Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain locks himself in a room at his house inSeattle with his gun collection and threatens to kill himself. The police arrive and defuse the situation.
  • 1995 Seventeen-year-old Ryan O'Donnell of Orlando, Florida, files a charge of misdemeanor battery against Courtney Love, claiming she punched him in the chest after stage-diving into the crowd during a Hole concert four days earlier.
  • 1995, Spain had its first royal wedding in 89 years as Princess Elena married a banker,Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, in Seville.
  • 1995Michael Jordan rejoined the Chicago Bulls ending his 17-month retirement from basketball.
  • 1996 The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.
  • 1996, Rejecting an insanity defense, a jury in Dedham, Massachusetts, convicted John C. Salvi the Third of murdering two women in a pair of attacks at two Boston-area abortion clinics. Salvi later committed suicide in his prison cell.
  • 2000 AC/DC appears on Saturday Night Live.
  • 2000 U2 and their manager are honored as Freemen Of Dublin in a ceremony inIreland.
  • 2001, The Mamas & the Papas founder John Phillips dies at age 65.
  • 2002 The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts its Class Of 2002, which includes the Ramones, Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersTalking Heads, and Isaac HayesPearl Jam's Eddie Vedder inducts the Ramones with a 17-minute speech.
  • 2002 The self-titled debut album from Adema is certified gold, while Godsmack's second disc, Awake, is certified double platinum.
  • 2003 Evanescence tops the Billboard Modern Rock radio chart with "Bring Me To Life," making them the first female-fronted band to do so since 1998, whenHole topped the chart with "Celebrity Skin."
  • 2004 Eccentric guitarist Buckethead, perhaps best known for wearing a fried-chicken bucket on his head and speaking only through a hand puppet, officially leaves Guns N' Roses after four years.
  • 2004 Courtney Love is arrested in the early morning hours after allegedly hitting a man with a microphone stand during a surprise performance at a downtownManhattan nightclub. Love is charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault. The 24-year-old man is treated at a local hospital and later released.
  • 2004 Ozzy Osbourne's original solo guitarist, the late Randy Rhoads, is inducted posthumously intoHollywood's Rockwalk.
  • 2005 Pearl Jam, the Presidents Of The United States Of AmericaHeart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Bill Frizell perform in Seattle at a show celebrating the 25th anniversary of the private Northwest School. Ann Wilson's children attend the school, while Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard and Jason Finn of the Presidents are alumni. Northwest students perform between the main acts' sets.
  • 2006 Seether plays in their home country ofSouth Africa for the first time in two years at the Coca-Cola Colab Massive Mix festival, the nation's biggest international music event ever.
  • 2008 The Raconteurs, the band featuring White Stripes singer and guitarist Jack White, announce that they will release their second album, titled Consolers of the Lonely, in less than a week, with the project having been recorded and completed earlier in the month and the quick turnaround designed to avoid months of buildup.
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