Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 3/26/14
3/26/2014 12:00:00 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
- Alan Arkin (actor, Catch-22, Sesame Street, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Slums Of Beverly Hills, won Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, Argo) (80)
- James Caan (actor, The Godfather, Rollerball, Honeymoon In Vegas, Eraser, Mickey Blue Eyes, Dick Tracy, Misery) (74)
- Leeza Gibbons (TV talk show hostess, Robocop) (57)
- Keira Knightley (actress, Bend It Like Beckham, the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess) (29)
- Jennifer Grey (actress, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dirty Dancing; daughter of Joel Grey; wife of Clark Gregg) (54)
- Vicki Lawrence (Actress, The Carol Burnett Show, Laverne & Shirley) (65)
- Leonard Nimoy (Actor, Star Trek's Mr. Spock, Fringe) (83)
- T.R. Knight (actor, Grey's Anatomy) (41)
- Sandra Day O'Connor (former Supreme Court justice; first female to hold the position) (84)
- Diana Ross (singer, formerly of the Supremes) (70)
- Johnny Crawford ("Rumors") (68)
- Nancy Pelosi (former Democratic U.S. Speaker of the House, the first woman inU.S. history to hold the position) (74)
- Michael Imperioli (actor and screenwriter, Detroit 1-8-7, Christopher on The Sopranos, Life on Mars) (48)
- Martin Short (Actor-comedian, Saturday Night Live, Innerspace, The Three Amigos! , Father Of The Bride I and II, Primetime Glick) (64)
- Bob Woodward (reporter-author, Journalist who uncovered the Watergate story for the Washington Post along with Carl Bernstein; All The President's Men) (71)
- Steven Tyler (lead singer, Aerosmith) (66)
- Richard Tandy (keyboardist, the Electric Light Orchestra) (66)
- Amy Smart (actress, Varsity Blues, Road Trip, Crank, Shameless) (38)
- Kenny Chesney (singer) (46)
- Leslie Mann (actress, wife of Judd Apatow) (42, disputed 43)
- Jonathan Groff (actor, Glee, Looking, Frozen) (29)
- James Iha (guitarist, A Perfect Circle, the Smashing Pumpkins) (46)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1911, Author and playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof) was born. He died in 1983.
- 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine to immunize people against polio.
- 1966 The Beatles pose with mutilated dolls and pieces of meat for the "Butcher" cover that's used for the original release of the Yesterday...And Today album. The picture receives so much negative response that it's recalled, and later printings of the album have a different cover shot.
- 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their week-long "Bed-In For Peace" at the Amsterdam Hilton to promote world peace.
- 1970 The concert movie Woodstock opens.
- 1975 The Ken Russell-directed movie version of the Who's Tommy premieres inLondon.
- 1977 Hotel California by the Eagles hits Number One on the album chart.
- 1979, the Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House, with President Jimmy Carter, who'd help negotiate the treaty, as witness.
- 1980 The Van Halen album Women and Children First is released.
- 1981, comedian Carol Burnett won a $1.6 million libel judgment against The National Enquirer. The tabloid had reported falsely that Burnett was intoxicated during an encounter at a Washington restaurant with Henry Kissinger.
- 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a pair of 200-foot black granite walls bearing the names of all Americans killed or missing in the war.
- 1988, Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis inMichigan's Democratic presidential caucuses.
- 1990, Designer Halston died inSan Francisco at age 57.
- 1991, A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that criminal defendants whose coerced confessions were improperly used as evidence are not always entitled to a new trial.
- 1991, the first Bush administration indicated it would not aid rebels seeking to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
- 1992, Cosmonaut Serge Krikalev returned to Earth. When he left Earth on May 18th, 1991, he was a citizen of theSoviet Union. While he was in space, theSoviet Union dissolved. His return to Earth was delayed from lack of funds.
- 1992, Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of raping a Miss Black America beauty pageant contestant in July 1991. He ended up serving three years.
- 1993 Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman sues his former bandmates, claiming that he was not given a reason for his 1985 firing from the band, and that singerAnthony Kiedis and bassist Flea "giggled" while letting him go.
- 1997 Third Eye Blind releases its self-titled debut album.
- 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who'd committed suicide were found inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
- 1998, Russian, French, and German leaders started their first informal "troika" meeting outside Moscow to discuss European security and other international matters. Russian President Boris Yeltsin, French President Jacques Chirac, and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl met in the Bor government complex some 30 miles outside the Russian capital.
- 1998, President Clinton stood with President Nelson Mandela in a racially integrated South African parliament to salute a country that was "truly free and democratic at last." Clinton, accompanied by his wife Hillary, became the firstU.S. head of state to visit the country.
- 1999, A computer virus named "Melissa" began infecting computers across the country.
- 1999, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Michigan of second-degree murder for giving a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease a lethal injection, an action videotaped and broadcast on 60 Minutes.
- 2000, American Beauty won five Oscars, including Best Picture, while its leading man, Kevin Spacey, won Best Actor. Hilary Swank won Best Actress for Boys Don't Cry.
- 2000, Vladimir Putin becameRussia's second democratically-elected president.
- 2002 Drummer Randy Castillo, whose resume included stints with Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne, among others, dies at age 50.
- 2002 Ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell quits his project with former members of Rage Against The Machine, before even naming the group or performing anywhere. They later reconcile and call themselves Audioslave.
- 2002 The soundtrack to the movie The Scorpion King, produced by Godsmack frontman Sully Erna and featuring new songs by Godsmack, Creed, System Of A Down, Nickelback,Sevendust, Drowning Pool, and Hoobastank, plus a duet between Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie, is released.
- 2003 The Offspring posts a mischievous message on their website announcing the title of their next album as Chinese Democracy, which is also the title of the long-delayed new Guns N' Roses disc. The latter band reportedly threatens legal action.
- 2003 Lenny Kravitz releases an anti-war song called "We Want Peace."
- 2004 After months of speculation, Van Halen officially announces a new tour with singer Sammy Hagar rejoining Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony for the first time since June 1996.
- 2004 British glam rockers the Darkness begin their first full-fledged North American tour.
- 2007 OK Go's video for its single "Here It Goes Again" wins Most Creative in YouTube's first annual video awards.