Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 5/2/14
Posted 5/2/2014 12:00:00 PM

Friday, May 2, 2014 


  • Goldy McJohn (keyboardist, Steppenwolf) (69)
  • Bob Henrit (drummer, Argent, the Kinks) (70)
  • Lou Gramm (former singer of Foreigner) (64)
  • Christine Baranski (actress, Ugly Betty, played the scene-stealing Maryann on TV's Cybill, The BirdcageHow The Grinch Stole ChristmasChicago) (62)
  • Sarah Hughes (2002 Olympic gold medal-winning American figure skater) (29)
  • Bianca Jagger (political activist and photographer, Mick Jagger's ex-wife) (69)
  • Lily Allen (British singer) (29)
  • David Beckham (soccer player, married to Victoria "Posh SpiceBeckham) (39)
  • Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. 'The Rock'; Former WWE wrestler, actor, The Mummy ReturnsThe RundownWalking TallFast FiveG.I. Joe: RetaliationPain & GainFast And Furious 6) (42)
  • Donatella Versace (Italian fashion designer, sister of the late designer Gianni Versace) (59, disputed)
  • Elizabeth Berridge (actress, Amadeus, TV's The John Larroquette Show) (52)
  • Lesley Gore (singer, "It's My Party") (68)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck (singer, "After The Lovin'") (78)
  • Steve Bays (lead singer, Hot Hot Heat) (36)
  • Kyle Busch (NASCAR race car driver) (29)  


  • 1863, Confederate General Thomas "StonewallJackson was accidentally wounded by his men during the Battle of Chancellorsville inVirginia. He died eight days later.
  • 1903 Child-care expert Dr. Benjamin Spock is born. He dies in 1998.
  • 1947 The movie Miracle On 34th Street, starring Maureen O'HaraEdmund GwennNatalie Wood, and William Frawley, opens.
  • 1965, The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing "The Last Time," "Little Red Rooster," "Everybody Needs Somebody," and "2120 South Michigan Avenue."
  • 1968, The movie The Odd Couple, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, opens.
  • 1970Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
  • 1972, Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover dies at age 77.
  • 1977Van Halen is offered a contract by Warner Bros. Records executives Mo Ostin and Ted Templemanat the Starwood in Los Angeles.
  • 1979, Former Faces drummer Kenney Jones makes his first appearance with the Who, replacing the lateKeith Moon. The gig, at the Rainbow Theatre in London, is a party for the U.K. premiere of the movieQuadrophenia.
  • 1981, "I Can't Stand It" by Eric Clapton peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, the same day that Another Ticket peaks at Number Seven on the album chart.
  • 1992 Nirvana's "Come As You Are" peaks at Number 32 on the pop chart.
  • 1994Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake ofSouth Africa's first democratic elections. He was inaugurated as the country's first black president eight days later.
  • 1996 Everclear's Sparkle And Fade album is certified platinum.
  • 1996Phil Donahue taped his final TV talk show, after nearly 29 years.
  • 1997 The movie Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, starring Mike MyersElizabeth HurleyMichael York, and Robert Wagner, opens.
  • 1997, Forty-four-year-old Tony Blair, whose Labor Party crushed John Major's long-reigning Conservatives, became Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
  • 1997, Los Angeles police arrested a transsexual hooker with actor-comedian Eddie Murphy.
  • 1999, Actor Oliver Reed (TommyThe Sting IIGladiator) dies at age 61.
  • 1999, Yugoslav authorities handed over three American prisoners of war who'd been held for a month to the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
  • 2000 AC/DC's Stiff Upper Lip and Pantera's Reinventing The Steel are both certified gold.
  • 2000, An investigating panel concluded that Texas A&M University students cut corners in construction and school officials failed to adequately supervise them before a bonfire collapse in November 1999 that killed 12 people.
  • 2000, Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to thoroughbred racing's Hall Of Fame.
  • 2001, Guitarist Don Felder files suit in Los Angeles Superior Court over his firing from the Eagles.
  • 2004 Courtney Love closes outAtlanta's 11th annual Music Midtown festival with a performance in which she forgets lyrics, mumbles for minutes at a time, dives into the crowd twice, and bares her breasts.
  • 2005Cream kicks off their four-show reunion at the Royal Albert Hall inLondon.
  • 2006 Australian trio Wolfmother releases their self-titled debut album.
  • 2006 Through his Big Vin label, former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul releases Rebel Meets Rebel, an album featuring the last completed recordings by his late brother and bandmate, guitarist "DimebagDarrell Abbott.
  • 2006 Pearl Jam releases their self-titled eighth studio album.
    2006 Tool releases 10,000 Days, their first new effort in five years.
  • 2006 Shinedown spends the day inNew Orleans assisting Habitat For Humanity in rebuilding homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, playing an acoustic set for the workers at the end of the day before playing at the House of Blues that night.
  • 2006 White Stripes / Raconteurs singer and guitarist Jack White and his then-wife, model Karen Elson, welcome their first child, a daughter named Scarlett.
  • 2013 Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman passes away from liver failure at the age of 49. He had not actually played with the band for more than two years since contracting necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011.
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