Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, 4/24/14
Posted 4/24/2014 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, April 24, 2014


  • Shirley MacLaine (actress, Terms Of EndearmentSteel Magnolias, Postcards From The EdgeGuarding Tess, The Apartment, Donwton Abbey; sister of Warren Beatty) (80)
  • Barbra Streisand (actress-singer, Funny GirlHello, Dolly!The Way We WereA Star Is BornThe Prince Of TidesMeet The Fockers) (72)
  • Kelly Clarkson (singer, first winner of American Idol) (32)
  • Cedric the Entertainer (actor-comedian, The Steve Harvey ShowBig Momma's HouseBarbershopCedric The Entertainer Presents) (50)
  • Djimon Hounsou (actor, AmistadIn AmericaGladiator, Blood DiamondStargate Guardians Of The Galaxy) (50)
  • Eric Bogosian (writer and actor) (61)
  • Michael O'Keefe (actor, CaddyshackRoseanneGhosts Of Mississippi; former husband of Bonnie Raitt) (59)
  • Doug "CosmoClifford (drummer, Creedence Clearwater Revival,Creedence Clearwater Revisited) (69)
  • Eric Kripke (TV writer/producer/director, Supernatural, Revolution) (40)
  • Danny Gokey (American Idol 2009 contestant) (34)
  • Eric Balfour (actor, Six Feet Under, 24, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) (37)
  • Austin Nichols (actor, One Tree Hill, Wimbledon, John From Cincinnati) (34)
  • Brian Marshall (bassist, CreedAlter Bridge) (41)
  • Boris Williams (former drummer, the Cure) (57)
  • Patty Schemel (former drummer, Hole) (47)
  • Billy Gould (bassist, Faith No More) (51)
  • Richard Donner (director, The OmenSupermanThe Goonies, the Lethal Weapon films) (84)


  • 1792, the national anthem of France, "La Marseillaise," was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget De Lisle.
  • 1800, Congress approved legislation establishing the Library Of Congress.
  • 1833 Jacob Ebert and George Dultry patent the soda fountain.
  • 1898,Spain declared war on theU.S. after rejectingAmerica's order to withdraw fromCuba.
  • 1915, The Ottoman Turkish Empire begins the mass deportation of Armenians during World War I. Decades later, Armenian rock band System Of A Down will call on the U.S. government to have this officially recognized as a genocidal act.
  • 1916, Irish nationalists in Dublin, led by Patrick Pearse, launched the Easter Rebellion, an armed uprising against British rule, on Easter Sunday.
  • 1953Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1961Bob Dylan made his recording debut (and $50) playing harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte's Midnight Special album.
  • 1962, The Massachusetts Institute Of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, betweenCamp Parks,California, andWestford,Massachusetts.
  • 1971 "I'm Eighteen" by Alice Cooper peaks at Number 21 on the pop chart.
  • 1974 Bud Abbott of the Abbott & Costello comedy team dies at age 78.
  • 1976 "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1980, an ill-fatedU.S. military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held inIran ended with eightU.S. military personnel killed and no hostages rescued.
  • 1990, junk bond dealer Michael Milken pled guilty to six counts of securities fraud.
  • 1990, The space shuttle Discovery blasted off fromCape Canaveral,Florida, carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope is so powerful, it can see a dime 25 miles away.
  • 1995 Courtney Love gets into a brawl with fans at an Amsterdam, Holland, club, after someone douses her with a cup of liquid during a Hole concert.
  • 1995, a package bomb linked to the Unabomber exploded inside the Sacramento, California, offices of a lobbying group for the wood products industry, killing lobbyist Gilbert B. Murray.
  • 2003 Creed is sued by four fans who want their money back after a disappointing show in Chicago on December 29th, 2002. The lawsuit charges that during the show, singer Scott Stapp was "so intoxicated and/or medicated that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song." The fans ask for reimbursement of their ticket charges of $56.75 each, plus parking charges.
  • 2004 System Of A Down stages their Souls 2004 benefit concert at the Greek Theatre inLos Angeles. The concert comes on the 89th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, during which 1.5 million Armenians were killed byTurkey'sOttoman Empire duringWorldWar I.
  • 2007 Rage Against The Machine and former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello issues his first solo album under the alias the Nightwatchman, a collection of political folk songs called One Man Revolution.
  • 2013 Fall Out Boy's fifth studio album and first in four years, Save Rock And Roll, debuts at Number One on the Billboard album chart, selling 154,000 copies in its first week of release.
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