Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, 4/13/14
Posted 4/13/2014 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, April 13. 2014


  • Max Weinberg (musician, drummer for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; was the bandleader on Late Night With Conan O'Brien) (63)
  • Al Green (R&B singer, "Let's Stay Together," "Take Me To The River") (68)
  • Jack Casady (bassist, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna) (70)
  • Jimmy Destri (keyboardist, Blondie) (60)
  • Peabo Bryson (R&B singer) (63)
  • Stanley Donen (director, Singin' In The Rain, Funny Face, Damn Yankees, Charade, Two For The Road) (90)
  • Rick Schroder (actor, NYPD BlueSilver Spoons) (44)
  • Caroline Rhea (actress-comedienne, Sabrina The Teenage Witch) (50)
  • Tony Dow (actor, Leave It To Beaver) (69)
  • Paul Sorvino (actor, Dick TracyGoodfellasThe Firm, father of actress Mira Sorvino) (75)
  • Garry Kasparov (Russian chess whiz) (51)
  • Ron Perlman (actor, Beauty And The BeastAlien ResurrectionHellboyHellboy 2: The Golden ArmySons Of AnarchyPacific RimSons of Anarchy) (64)
  • Glenn Howerton (actor, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) (38)
  • Aaron Lewis (lead singer, Staind) (42)
  • Lisa Umbarger (ex-bassist, the Toadies) (49)
  • Marc Ford (guitarist, the Black Crowes) (48)


  • 1923, Actor Don Adams (he played Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 in Get Smart) is born. He dies in September 2005 at age 82.
  • 1945Little Feat singer-guitarist Lowell George is born. Before starting Little Feat, George was a member of Frank Zappa'sMothers Of Invention. He dies in 1979.
  • 1962 Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak is born. He dies in 1988.
  • 1967, The Rolling Stones play their first concert behind the Iron Curtain inWarsaw,Poland. Police break up a riot among fans unable to get tickets by using tear gas.
  • 1968, "Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)" by Manfred Mann, which was written by Bob Dylan, peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1970Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. The astronauts managed to return safely.
  • 1971, "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1972, The Major League Baseball strike ends as owners agree to add $500,000 to the players' pension fund.
  • 1974, "Bennie & The Jets" by Elton John hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1974Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings hits Number One on the album chart, where it spends a total of four weeks.
  • 1976, The U.S. extends the offshore fishing limit from 12 to 200 miles.
  • 1976, The U.S. Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes.
  • 1978 The Easy Cure shortens its name to the Cure.
  • 1979 Five dates into Van Halen's latest tour, singer David Lee Roth collapses onstage from exhaustion inSpokane,Washington.
  • 1979, The world's longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours.
  • 1982David Crosby is arrested for the second time in three weeks on drug charges.
  • 1985, "I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1985, "Radioactive" by the Firm peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart.
  • 1985, "We Are The World" by USA For Africa hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1986Pope John Paul II visited aRome synagogue in the first recorded papal visit of its kind.
  • 1987, The Population Reference Bureau reports the world's population had exceeded five billion.
  • 1990, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev gives Lithuania a two-day ultimatum, threatening to cut off some supplies to the Baltic republic if it does not rescind laws passed since a March 11th declaration of independence.
  • 1990, The Soviet Union accepted responsibility and apologized for the World War Two murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest, a massacre the Soviets had previously blamed on the Nazis.
  • 1992, Construction workers breach a retaining wall in the Chicago River, sending water flooding through a tunnel system connecting buildings in the downtown area.
  • 1992Princess Anne, daughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, begins divorce proceedings after a two-year separation fromCapt. Mark Phillips.
  • 1994 The Los Angeles Times reports that Kurt Cobain's drug overdose-induced coma the previous month inRome had been a failed suicide attempt.
  • 1994 Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announce their separation.
  • 1995 Green Day's Dookie is certified multi-platinum for selling over six million copies.
  • 1996, In the continuing drama of man versus machine, world chess champion Garry Kasparov asked for a draw in his third game against the IBM supercomputer named "Deep Blue," leaving the six-game match in Philadelphia tied at one and a-half games each.
  • 1996, The rock musical Rent, by Jonathan Larson, opened off-Broadway.
  • 1997Tiger Woods, then 21 years old, wins the Masters Tournament, becoming the youngest Masters champion and the first African-American to win any of the four major professional golf tournaments for men.
  • 1998 President Clinton forcefully seeks to persuade Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to permit U.N. inspectors to search his country for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons but saysWashington could not "walk away" if he did not. 
  • 1998, A 500-pound steel joint fell from the upper level ofNew York's Yankee Stadium, crashing onto seats below. Fortunately, no fans were inside the park at the time.
  • 1998President Clinton forcefully sought to persuade Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to permit U.N. inspectors to search his country for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, but said Washington could not "walk away" if he did not.Clinton told reporters, quote, "I hope and I pray that he will permit qualified, honest, nonpolitical, technically competent inspectors to have access to those sites which have been forbidden."
  • 1999, Right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to ten to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient.
  • 2000Charles Schulz's final "Peanuts" strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died in his sleep at his California home at age 77.
  • 2000President Clinton, during a question-and-answer session with newspaper editors, heatedly said "I'm not ashamed" about being impeached and "I'm not interested" in being pardoned for any alleged crimes in the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Whitewater investigation.
  • 2001 U2 frontman Bono telephones Joey Ramone in Ramone's room at New York-Presbyterian Hospital inNew York City. Ramone dies two days later.
  • 2005 The White Stripes world premiere their new album, Get Behind Me Satan, inNew York City at a special listening party for members of the media.
  • 2005 Switchfoot wins Artist Of The Year, Best Rock Contemporary Song and Best Shortform and Longform Videos at Christian music's 36th annual Dove Awards, presented at the Grand Ole Opry House inNashville,Tennessee.
  • 2005, Longtime Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson, who was the inspiration for "Johnnie B. Goode," dies at age 80.
  • 2006 Black Crowes leaders Chris and Rich Robinson kick off an acoustic duo tour at theWarsaw inBrooklyn,New York.
  • 2006 Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia confirms rumors that she is dating Slipknot guitarist Jim Root.
  • 2007 Hinder begins the inaugural Door to Dorm Tour inJohnstown,Pennsylvania, which takes the hard rock act to 17 college campuses around theUnited States.
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