Rabbi's On This Day: Tuesday, 5/13/14
Posted 5/13/2014 12:00:00 PM

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


  • Stevie Wonder (R&B singer/songwriter) (64)
  • Harvey Keitel (actor, Mean StreetsTaxi DriverReservoir DogsPulp FictionRed Dragon; former husband of Lorraine Bracco) (75)
  • Robert Pattinson (actor, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the Twilight movies, Water For ElephantsCosmopolis, Little Ashes) (27, disputed 28)
  • Dennis Rodman (former NBA player) (53)
  • Bobby Valentine (former baseball manager and former player) (64)
  • Stephen Colbert (host, The Colbert Report) (50)
  • Darius Rucker (singer, Hootie & the Blowfish) (48)
  • Magic Dick (harmonica player, the J. Geils Band) (69)
  • Pete "OverendWatts (bassist, Mott The Hoople) (67)
  • Danny Kirwan (former guitarist, Fleetwood Mac) (64)
  • Armistead Maupin (author, the Tales Of The City books) (70)
  • Samantha Morton (actress, Minority Report, In America, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) (37)
  • Hunter Parrish (actor, Weeds, 17 Again, Freedom Writers) (27)
  • Lena Dunham (actress/writer/director, Girls) (28)
  • Carrie Prejean (Miss California 2009; allegedly lost Miss USA contest because of opposition to same-sex marriage, later revealed to star in sex tapes) (27)
  • Buckethead (a.k.a. Brian Carroll, ex-guitarist, Guns N' Roses) (46)


  • 1917, The Virgin Mary first appeared as the Virgin Of The Rosary to three shepherd children inFatima,Portugal.
  • 1922 Actress Beatrice Arthur (MaudeThe Golden Girls) is born. She dies in April of 2009.
  • 1940, during World War II, in his first speech as prime minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the House Of Commons, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
  • 1941 Ritchie Valens ("La Bamba") is born. He dies in 1959, in the plane crash that also claims Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big BopperRichardson.
  • 1950, Diner's Club issued its first credit cards.
  • 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon's limousine was battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators inCaracas,Venezuela.
  • 1961 Actor Gary Cooper (Meet John DoeThe Pride Of The YankeesHigh Noon) dies at age 60.
  • 1972, "Back Off Boogaloo" by Ringo Starr peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1978Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1981Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square in Rome by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca. The 24-year-old Agca was arrested and convicted. The Pope later visited with his attacker in jail and forgave him.
  • 1983 The Smiths release their first single, called "Hand In Glove."
  • 1983 Iron Maiden releases its fourth album, Piece Of Mind.
  • 1985, a confrontation betweenPhiladelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped a bomb on the group's headquarters. Eleven people died and 61 homes were destroyed as a result of the bomb and the fire it touched off.
  • 1989, "I'll Be There For You" by Bon Jovi hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1989G N'R Lies by Guns N' Roses peaks at Number Two on the album chart.
  • 1992 Guitarist John Frusciante leaves the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He returns six years later.
  • 1993 The Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the stars that lend their voices to the classic Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Kanceled."
  • 1997 At the Oklahoma City bombing trial, prosecutors show jurors the key to the Ryder truck used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, alleging Timothy McVeigh left it behind in the same alley he picked to stash his getaway car.
  • 1999 The Offspring's Americana album is certified quadruple platinum.
  • 1999 Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is named "Artist Of The Decade" by Rolling Stone magazine in an issue dedicated to the '90s.
  • 2000, Singer-guitarist Dickey Betts is sent a fax notifying him he has been fired from the Allman Brothers Band.
  • 2002 Jimi Hendrix's family-controlled estate goes to court inEngland to try to prevent what it says is an unauthorized release of some early recordings by the late guitarist.
  • 2003 Marilyn Manson releases The Golden Age Of Grotesque.
  • 2003Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding dies at age 57.
  • 2004 Courtney Love appears in aNew York courtroom to address charges of third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, stemming from a March 17th incident in which she allegedly hit a clubgoer in the head with a mic stand. She pleads not guilty to the two charges.
  • 2004 Velvet Revolver kicks off its first national tour inSt. Louis.
  • 2004, The series finale of Frasier airs.
  • 2005 Last Days, a movie that follows the final hours in the life of a musician patterned after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
  • 2008 Following months of rumors, organizers officially confirm that Ozzfest, a touring event for more than a decade, will transform into a one-day "destination festival" in Dallas the following August, to be headlined by Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica.
  • 2008 The arrival of Weezer's self-titled sixth album is moved up three weeks from June 24th to June 3rd, almost certainly as a result of eight songs being leaked online.
  • 2013 Less than a week after being arrested on warrants stemming from his 2012 cocaine possession case, Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested again on charges of domestic violence, after he becomes physically abusive with his ex-wife Jessica outside a store inWest Hollywood.
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