Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 5/9/14
Posted 5/9/2014 12:00:00 PM

Friday, May 09, 2014

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • John Ashcroft (former U.S. Attorney General; beaten in Senate campaign by a dead man) (72)
  • Candice Bergen (actress, Carnal KnowledgeMurphy BrownMiss CongenialitySweet Home AlabamaView From The TopBoston Legal; daughter of Edgar Bergen) (68)
  • Billy Joel (pop singer and pianist) (65)
  • Alley Mills (actress, played the mom on The Wonder Years) (63)
  • Rosario Dawson (actress, KidsJosie And The Pussycats25th HourMen In Black 2Sin CityRentGrindhouse) (35)
  • John Corbett (actor, United States of Tara, Sex And The CityMy Big Fat Greek WeddingRaising HelenLucky) (53)
  • Albert Finney (actor, AnnieErin BrockovichTwo for the Road, TrafficBig Fish) (78)
  • Glenda Jackson (politician and actress, Women In Love, A Touch of Class, Mary Queen of Scots) (78)
  • James L. Brooks (producer/director, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Terms of Endearment, Taxi, Broadcast News, As Good as it Gets, Big) (74)
  • Ghostface Killah (rapper, the Wu-Tang Clan) (44)
  • Audrina Patridge (reality TV Star) (29)
  • Chris Diamantopoulos (actor, The Three Stooges, Up All Night, 24, The Starter Wife) (39)
  • Grace Gummer (actress, daughter of Meryl Streep) (28)
  • David Gahan (lead singer, Depeche Mode) (52)
  • Pierre Bouvier (lead singer, Simple Plan) (35)
  • Paul McGuigan (original bassist, Oasis) (43)

ON THIS DAY:

  • 1754, The first cartoon appeared in The Pennsylvania Gazette. The cartoon appeared as part of an editorial by Benjamin Franklin commenting on the disunited state of the British Colonies. The title of the featured cartoon is "JOIN or DIE," and is a drawing of a snake, chopped into eight pieces, each labeled with the abbreviation for one of the colonies.
  • 1860, Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, was born. He died June 19th, 1937.
  • 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The measure provided for the election of senators by popular vote rather than through selection by state legislatures.
  • 1914, the first Mother's Day was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson.
  • 1918Mike Wallace (television journalist, former co-host, 60 Minutes) was born today. He dies in 2012.
  • 1961, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow famously called TV programming a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association Of Broadcasters.
  • 1973 The movie Soylent Green, starring Charlton HestonChuck Connors, and Edward G. Robinson, opens.
  • 1989 Vice President Dan Quayle, while delivering a United Negro College Fund speech, says "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste."
  • 1991William Kennedy Smith, the nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy ofMassachusetts, was charged with the rape and assault of a woman at the Kennedy estate inWest Palm Beach,Florida. He was later acquitted.
  • 1997 The Fifth Element, starring Bruce WillisGary OldmanIan Holm, and Milla Jovovich, opens in theatres nationwide.
  • 1999, furious demonstrators hurled rocks at the U.S. Embassy in China in protest of NATO's accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
  • 2003 Limp Bizkit pushes back the release of its fourth album to September.
  • 2003 Ozzy Osbourne leaves Sony Music after 23 years with the label. He later re-signs with the company.
  • 2003 Pantera vocalist Philip Anselmo makes it official that he has quit the band to concentrate on his other act, Superjoint Ritual.
  • 2004 Velvet Revolver, featuring former members of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N' Roses, plays a secret "warm-up" show inHollywood,California, prior to the start of their first national tour.
  • 2005 Actress Renee Zellweger and country star Kenny Chesney are married. They announce a split in September 2005, and the marriage is annulled that December.
  • 2005 Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland shoots a solo performance for Last Call With Carson Daly.
  • 2006 The Red Hot Chili Peppers release their ninth studio album, a two-CD, 28-song set called Stadium Arcadium.
  • 2006 Korn issues a collection of concert recordings and rare cuts titled Live & Rare.
  • 2007 Rush's 18th studio album, Snakes and Arrows, debuts at Number Three on the Billboard album chart with sales of 93,000 copies.
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