Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 4/23/14
Posted 4/23/2014 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


  • Glenn Cornick (former bassist, Jethro Tull) (67)
  • Valerie Bertinelli (actress, Hot in Cleveland, One Day At A Time,  Touched By An Angel; former wife of Eddie Van Halen) (54)
  • Joyce DeWitt (actress, Three's Company's Janet Wood) (65)
  • Jan Hooks (actress, Saturday Night Live, Designing Women) (57)
  • Judy Davis (actress, A Passage To IndiaHusbands And WivesBarton Fink) (59)
  • Melina Kanakaredes (actress, ProvidenceCSI:NY) (47)
  • Lee Majors (actor, The Six Million Dollar Man; former husband of Farrah Fawcett) (75, disputed)
  • George Lopez (comedian, TV host, sitcom star) (53)
  • Michael Moore (documentary filmmaker, Bowling For ColumbineFahrenheit 911) (60)
  • Jaime King (actress/model, Pearl Harbor, Sin City, The Spirit, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Hart of Dixie, BlowWhite Chicks, ) (35)
  • Kal Penn (actor/Obama's former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, the Van Wilder movies, Harold & Kumar movies, Superman Returns, 24) (37)
  • Barry Watson (actor, Samantha Who?, 7th Heaven) (40)
  • Dev Patel (actor, Slumdog Millionaire) (24)
  • John Cena (actor/wrestler) (37)
  • Carlos Dengler (ex-bassist, Interpol) (40)
  • Stan Frazier (drums, Sugar Ray) (46)


  • 1564William Shakespeare is born. He dies April 23rd, 1616, on his 52nd birthday.
  • 1616William Shakespeare dies at age 52.
  • 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, inNew York City. The White House was built a decade later.
  • 1899 Author Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita) is born. He dies in 1977.
  • 1900,The word "hillbilly" was first used in print in an article in the New York Journal. It was spelled "Hill-Billie" and used in a story of a "free and untrampled white citizen ofAlabama who lived in the hills."
  • 1928, actress Shirley Temple was born today. She dies in 2014.
  • 1936Roy Orbison is born. He dies in 1988.
  • 1943, Actor Herve Villechaize (pronounced AIR-vay VILL-uh-shays) (Fantasy Island) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1954Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • 1956Elvis Pressley performs for the first time as a rock n' roll artist inLas Vegas.
  • 1960Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark is born. He dies in 1991.
  • 1963Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues.
  • 1965, More than 200U.S. planes struckNorth Vietnam in one of the heaviest raids of the Vietnam War.
  • 1966, "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1968, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is born. He is put to death in 2001.
  • 1968, The Methodist Church and theEvangelicalUnitedBrethrenChurch merged to form theUnitedMethodistChurch.
  • 1969Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for the assassination of New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was commuted to life in prison after the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty as unconstitutional.
  • 1971Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1975Badfinger singer-guitarist Pete Ham dies at age 27.
  • 1978 Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious films his version of Paul Anka's "My Way" in Paris. The clip turns up in the film The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle.
  • 1983Let's Dance by David Bowie peaks at Number Four on the U.S. album chart and Number One in the U.K.
  • 1984, the identification of the HIV virus that causes AIDS was announced.
  • 1985, Coca-Cola announces plans to unveil "New Coke", becoming one of the biggest corporate flops ever.
  • 1988, "One Step Up" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart.
  • 1988, a ban went into effect on smoking during domestic flights of two hours or less.
  • 1989, The pilot episode of Baywatch airs.
  • 1991, Former New York Dolls singer-guitarist Johnny Thunders dies at age 38.
  • 1994 Autopsy reports for Kurt Cobain are made public and show that the level of heroin in his system was twice the amount that could prove fatal.
  • 1994 Courtney Love gives the gun that Kurt Cobain used to commit suicide to Mothers Against Violence In America. She also sets up a college scholarship in his name at Cobain's alma mater,AberdeenHigh School.
  • 1994 Jimmy Page joins Robert Plant onstage during Plant's set at a tribute concert for British blues musician Alexis Korner, fueling rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion. Later that year, Page and Plant will reunite as a duo, without John Paul Jones.
  • 1994, "Streets Of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1994, The Pink Floyd album The Division Bell enters the U.S. album chart at Number One, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1995, Sportscaster Howard Cosell dies at age 77.
  • 1996 Actress Margot Kidder (Lois Lane in Superman) is found dazed and disheveled, hiding in bushes in a stranger's yard inLos Angeles after disappearing for three days.
  • 1996, a Bronx civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey, one of four young men he'd shot on a subway car in 1984 after Goetz said he was afraid the men were going to attack him.
  • 1998James Earl Ray, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassin, dies at age 70.
  • 2001, Commander Scott Waddle, the former captain of the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine, was given a letter of reprimand and docked a month's pay for the collision between his sub and a Japanese fishing boat off Oahu, Hawaii, that killed nine people on the boat.
  • 2001R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is released on bail after facing charges in a London court over an alleged air rage incident that occurred two days earlier in the first-class section of a flight from Seattle to London. He is eventually acquitted of all charges.
  • 2003 "When I'm Gone" by 3 Doors Down hits Number One on the Billboard Top 40 singles chart.
  • 2003 Jane's Addiction signs a deal with Capitol Records to release their first album of all-new material in 13 years.
  • 2004 The White Stripes are big winners at the 2004 Detroit Music Awards, held at the State Theatre in Detroit. They win Outstanding National Major Label Album for 2003'sElephant, and Outstanding National Single for "Seven Nation Army."
  • 2006 The heavily rumored Smashing Pumpkins reunion is made official by a post on the band's web site that states, "The Smashing Pumpkins are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000."
  • 2008 Apocalyptica's new album, Worlds Collide, debuts at Number 59 on the Billboard album chart, selling 11,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2008 The original lineup of Jane's Addiction reunites for the first time in 17 years to perform four songs at the first-ever U.S. NME Awards, held at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
  • 2008 The Smashing Pumpkins are inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk, with frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin placing their hands in cement outside theGuitarCenter inHollywood.
  • 2014 Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan gives his first U.S. performance in 20 years with the band at the Golden Gods Awards inLos Angeles.
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