Rabbi's On This Day: Wednesday, 5/7/14
Posted 5/7/2014 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Bill Kreutzmann (drummer, the Grateful Dead, the Other Ones, the Trichromes, theDead) (68)
  • Prairie Prince (drummer, the Tubes, Jefferson Starship, the New Cars) (64)
  • Traci Lords (model, actress, Cry-Baby, Melrose Place, Blade; former underage porn star) (46)
  • Amy Heckerling (filmmaker, CluelessFast Times at Ridgemont High) (60)
  • Thelma Houston (singer, "Don't Leave Me This Way") (68)
  • Jim Lowe (singer, "Green Door") (87)
  • Jimmy Ruffin (singer, "What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted") (75)
  • Breckin Meyer (actor, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Road Trip, 54, Clueless) (40)
  • Phil Campbell (guitarist, Motorhead) (53)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1824, Beethoven's 9th Symphony debuted inVienna,Austria.
  • 1901 Actor Gary Cooper (Meet John Doe, The Pride Of The Yankees, High Noon) is born. He dies in 1961.
  • 1914, Congress passed a national Mothers' Day holiday for the second Sunday in May without a single "no" vote.
  • 1915, The British liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on its return trip from New York to England. Of the 1,959 passengers and crew on board, 1,198 died, including 128 Americans.
  • 1945,Germany signed an unconditional surrender that took effect the following day, ending World War II in the European theater.
  • 1950 Meet The Press host Tim Russert is born. He dies in 2008.
  • 1951 Actor Robert Hegyes (Welcome Back Kotter's Juan Epstein) is born. He dies in Januaey 2012.
  • 1954, Vietnamese forces beat the French atDien Bien Phu, ending the Indochina War.
  • 1966, "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas & the Papas hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1966, "Sloop John B" by the Beach Boys peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
  • 1973, "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" by George Harrison is released.
  • 1977, "Back In The Saddle" by Aerosmith peaks at Number 38 on the pop chart.
  • 1977, "Hotel California" by the Eagles hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1977, Seattle Slew won the 103rd Kentucky Derby by one-and three-quarter lengths. He went on to take the Preakness and the Belmont, winning the Triple Crown.
  • 1981, "All Those Years Ago" by George Harrison is released.
  • 1983, "I Won't Hold You Back" by Toto peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1983, "Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
  • 1983The Final Cut by Pink Floyd peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1985, Ten years after the Vietnam War ended,New York City honored the conflict's veterans with a ticker tape parade.
  • 1988, "Pink Cadillac" by Natalie Cole, a cover of the Bruce Springsteen song, peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1991 A judge in Macon, Georgia, dismisses a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne after a local couple fails to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music.
  • 1994 Verve, rather than face a lawsuit from American jazz label Verve Records, changes its name to The Verve.
  • 1999 NATO jets mistakenly attack the Chinese embassy inBelgrade, killing three people and injuring 20.
  • 1999 The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Arnold Vosloo, opens in theatres.
  • 1999, A jury in Pontiac, Michigan, ordered The Jenny Jones Show to pay $25 million to the family of Scott Amedure, a gay man who was shot to death after revealing a crush on Jonathan Schmitz, a fellow guest on the talk show.
  • 1999, NATO jets mistakenly attacked the Chinese embassy inBelgrade, killing three people and injuring 20.
  • 2000, A second fire was set to contain an earlier blaze that was begun to clear brush on the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico; the second fire blew out of control, destroying more than 200 homes and damaging part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory before it was controlled.
  • 2000, President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office inRussia's first democratic transfer of power.
  • 2004 Evanescence's major label debut, Fallen, passes the five million mark in record sales.
  • 2004 Kiss singer-bassist Gene Simmons makes his second appearance on the NBC emergency services drama Third Watch.
  • 2005 System Of A Down slips the F-word into its performance on Saturday Night Live. Although the group's first song, "B.Y.O.B.," is muted numerous times, guitarist Daron Malakian screams an uncensored "F*** yeah!" near the end of the tune with the camera pointed directly at him. The world does not end.
  • 2007 Linkin Park announces the lineup for the 2007 Projekt Revolution tour at a press conference in New York City. Featured acts on the two-stage bill include My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, H.I.M., Placebo and others.
  • 2013 Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is stopped for speeding and arrested byHollywood police after they run his information and find two outstanding warrants for him stemming from previous incidents.
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