Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, 5/8/14
Posted 5/8/2014 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, May 8, 2014

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Melissa Gilbert (actress, Little House On The Prairie's Laura Ingalls Wilder) (50)
  • Enrique Iglesias (singer) (39)
  • Don Rickles (actor-comedian) (88)
  • Toni Tennille (pop singer, the Captain & Tennille) (74)
  • Alex Van Halen (drummer, Van Halen) (61)
  • Stephen Furst (actor, Animal House's Kent "Flounder" Dorfman, St. ElsewhereBabylon 5) (59, disputed 60)
  • David Keith (actor, An Officer And A GentlemanU-571Men Of HonorBehind Enemy LinesDaredevil) (60)
  • Philip Bailey (singer, songwriter, percussionist, of Earth, Wind & Fire) (63)
  • Chris Frantz (drummer, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, the Heads) (63)
  • Paul Samwell-Smith (original bassist, the Yardbirds) (71)
  • Billy Burnette (former guitarist, Fleetwood Mac) (61)
  • Gary Glitter (singer, "Rock & Roll Part Two") (70)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1794 TheU.S. Post Office is established.
  • 1886, the syrup for Coca Cola was introduced by pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton, who had been working on a new headache and hangover remedy.
  • 1911 Blues legend Robert Johnson ("Hellhound On My Trail," "Crossroads") is born.
  • 1940 Author Peter Benchley (Jaws) is born. He dies in February 2006.
  • 1945,Czechoslovakia was liberated from German control.
  • 1945, it was V-E (Victory in Europe) Day as it was announced thatGermany had surrendered unconditionally to Allied forces.
  • 1956, red-haired, gap-toothed and freckle-faced Alfred E. Neuman first appeared on the cover of Mad magazine.
  • 1961, New Yorkers selected a new name for the National League baseball franchise that would begin play at the Polo Grounds in 1962. The name originally selected, the Metropolitans, was quickly changed to a more catchy one, the Mets.
  • 1963 The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, starring Sean ConneryUrsula AndressJoseph Wiseman, and Jack Lord, opens.
  • 1967Muhammad Ali was indicted for refusing induction into the Army.
  • 1971 "Freedom" by Jimi Hendrix peaks at Number 59 on the pop chart.
  • 1971Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in 15 rounds atNew York City'sMadisonSquareGarden. It was their first bout against each other and Ali's first professional defeat.
  • 1973, American Indians who had held theSouth Dakota town ofWounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
  • 1978David Berkowitz pled guilty to six murder charges in the "Son Of Sam" .44-caliber killings inNew York City.
  • 1979 The Van Halen album Van Halen II is certified platinum.
  • 1980, the World Health Organization announced the worldwide eradication of smallpox.
  • 1982 Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, who discovered and signed Kiss, dies of cancer at the age of 39.
  • 1984, Joanie, played by actress Erin Moran, and Chachi, played by Scott Baio, got married on TV's Happy Days.
  • 1987Gary Hart withdrew from the race for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination over the revelation of his extramarital affair with Donna Rice.
  • 1992 MTV airs Pearl Jam Unplugged.
  • 1992 The Cure's Wish peaks at Number Two on the album chart.
  • 1993 Aerosmith's Get A Grip enters the album chart at Number One.
  • 1996,South Africa adopted a Constitution that guaranteed equal rights for blacks and whites.
  • 1998 The Smashing Pumpkins file suit against Westwood One, claiming that the radio syndicator breached an oral and implied contract by licensing a 1991 interview with the band toU.K. company Sound & Media, who in 1996 released a "book with CD" product that contained the interview.
  • 1999 Actress Dana Plato (Diff'rent Strokes) dies at age 34.
  • 2001 Marilyn Manson is asked to pull out of the Ozzfest tour stop inDenver, which is scheduled for June 21st, by Citizens For Peace And Respect, a church-affiliated group who claim that Manson promotes violence, hate, and drug use, and was an inspiration behind theColumbineHigh School shootings.
  • 2003 It's reported that Tool and A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan shelled out $40,800 for a bottle of wine at an auction in Australia.
  • 2007 Marilyn Manson issues a video for his single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)," which features several soft-core sex scenes starring Manson and his girlfriend, 19-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood.
  • 2008 Eight songs from Weezer's sixth album leak online, more than a month ahead of the record's planned June 24th release.
  • 2012 Halestorm makes music history as the first female-fronted rock band to hit Number One on the Active Rock radio chart, with the song "Love Bites (So Do I)."
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