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

Monday, April 14, 2014


  • Ritchie Blackmore (former lead guitarist, Deep Purple, Rainbow) (69)
  • Julie Christie (actress, Doctor Zhivago, Don't Look Now, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Shampoo, Away From Her) (73, disputed)
  • Abigail Breslin (actress, Little Miss Sunshine, Signs, Nim's Island) (18)
  • Adrien Brody (actor, The PianistThe Village, Summer Of SamThe Thin Red LineKing KongPredatorsThe Grand Budapest Hotel) (41)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress, Ringer, Buffy the Vampire SlayerI Know What You Did Last SummerScream 2Scooby-DooThe Grudge; wife of Freddie Prinze Jr.) (37)
  • Anthony Michael Hall (actor/comedian, The Dead ZoneThe Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Saturday Night LiveNational Lampoon's Vacation The Dark Knight) (46)
  • Loretta Lynn (country singer) (82, disputed 79)
  • Pete Rose (former Major League Baseball player) (73)
  • Brad Garrett (actor, Everybody Loves Raymond, Music & Lyrics) (54)
  • Robert Carlyle (actor, Once Upon a Time, TrainspottingThe Full MontyAngela's Ashes28 Weeks Later, The Beach, The World Is Not Enough) (53)
  • Rob McElhenney (actor, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) (37)
  • Martyn Le Noble (ex-bassist, Porno For Pyros) (45)
  • Win Butler (frontman, Arcade Fire) (34)


  • 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was organized in Philadelphia byBenjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
  • 1828, The first American English dictionary was published by Noah Webster.
  • 1865President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head and fatally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while he and his wife watched a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The president died the next morning.
  • 1894, a coin-operated kinetoscope was displayed by inventor Thomas Edison. The device was a viewer that held about 13 seconds worth of film.
  • 1912, the RMS Titanic collided late at night with an iceberg in theNorth Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage and began sinking. There were 706 survivors, but 1,517 people went down with the ship when it sank early the next morning.
  • 1939John Steinbeck's novel about the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath, was first published.
  • 1940Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor or actress to win an Oscar, for Gone With The Wind.
  • 1963 The Beatles meet the Rolling Stones for the first time after a Stones gig inRichmond,England.
  • 1965Help! by the Beatles is released.
  • 1967, "The Laughing Gnome" by David Bowie is released.
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy hits Number One on theU.K. album chart.
  • 1975Mick Jagger confirms that Ron Wood, a former member of the Faces and the Jeff Beck Group, is the new touring guitarist for the Rolling Stones.
  • 1979, "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1979Dire Straits by Dire Straits peaks at Number Two on the album chart.
  • 1979Enlightened Rogues by the Allman Brothers Band peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1980 Gary Numan releases The Touring Principle, a 45-minute concert video that is the first commercially available home rock videotape.
  • 1980, A New Jersey state assemblyman proposes that Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" be declared the state anthem.
  • 1981, The space shuttle Columbia completes the first shuttle mission when it lands at Edwards Air Force Base inCalifornia.
  • 1982Diver Down by Van Halen is released.
  • 1983, Bassist Pete Farndon, who was fired from the Pretenders a year before, dies at age 30.
  • 1985Geraldo Rivera opened the infamous Al Capone vault at the Lexington Hotel inChicago on live TV. He found only broken bottles and no sign Capone ever used it.
  • 1986, America launched an air raid on Libya (April 15 Libya time) in retaliation for a deadly bombing on April 5 at a German disco frequented by American soldiers. Among the 37 people killed was Moammer Qaddafi's infant daughter.
  • 1987Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac is released. Soon after, singer-guitaristLindsey Buckingham leaves the band.
  • 1993, the NHL's longest winning streak ended at 17 games as the Pittsburgh Penguins managed only a 6-6 tie with the New Jersey Devils.
  • 1994 Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is cremated. Courtney Love sprinkles some of his ashes at the foot of a willow tree in the backyard of theirSeattle home, while placing more under a Buddha in her bedroom and under an altar in their living room.
  • 1997James McDougal, who'd agreed to cooperate with Whitewater prosecutors investigating President and Mrs. Clinton, drew a three-year prison sentence for 18 felony fraud and conspiracy counts.
  • 1998, Despite international pleas for leniency, the state of Virginia executed Angel Francisco Breard, a Paraguayan convicted of murder.
  • 1999, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress the Watergate-era law that gave him the power to probe actions of executive branch officials was flawed and should be abolished.
  • 1999, NATO mistakenly bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees; Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed.
  • 2000, InWashington, protesters dumped manure onPennsylvania Avenue, seeking to disrupt meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
  • 2001, the 24 crew members of the U.S. spy plane who were held in China for 11 days landed at their home base, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington state, where they were greeted by thousands of friends, family members and other well-wishers.
  • 2002 Aerosmith is given the second mtvICON Award in Los Angeles. On hand to pay tribute are Janet Jackson (the first mtvICON Award winner), MetallicaKid RockTrainPapa RoachLimp Bizkit's Fred Durst, the X-EcutionersNasShakira, and Pink.
  • 2002 Nickelback win for Best Group, Best Album, and Best Single atCanada's equivalent to the Grammys, the Juno Awards.
  • 2003 Incubus settles its lawsuit with Sony Music, and in return Sony drops its counter-suit against the band, with the two parties continuing to work together. Incubus had filed complaint on February 6th, seeking to end its contract with Sony.
  • 2005 Audioslave begins playing songs from Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine in its live set, after having skipped material from its members' former acts on previous tours.
  • 2006 The Red Hot Chili Peppers play a tiny, private show for an audience of 300 contest winners inLondon,England. Security for the event is tight, with the street in front of the club blocked off for 100 yards.
  • 2007 Guitarist Tom Morello and singer Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine appear onstage together for the first time in nearly seven years in Chicago, as part of a demonstration and rally-turned-celebration for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization of immigrant farm workers who pick vegetables for big businesses like McDonald's.
  • 2008 Shinedown parts ways with guitarist Jasin Todd following his arrest five days earlier on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer.
  • 2009 Alice In Chains completes work on its first new studio album in 14 years.
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