Rabbi's On This Day: Friday, 6/6/14
Posted 6/6/2014 12:00:00 PM

Friday, June 06, 2014


  • Steve Vai (guitarist, Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake) (54)
  • Tony Levin (bassist, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) (68)
  • Sandra Bernhard (actress-comedienne, RoseanneWithout You I'm NothingHudson Hawk) (59)
  • Bjorn Borg (Hall Of Fame tennis ace) (58)
  • Robert Englund (actor, "Freddy Krueger" in the Nightmare On Elm Street movies) (65, disputed 67)
  • Harvey Fierstein (playwright-actor, Torch Song Trilogy, Mrs. DoubtfireIndependence Day, Tony winner for Hairspray) (60, disputed 62)
  • Paul Giamatti (actor, SidewaysCinderella ManLady In The WaterThe Hangover Part IIRock Of AgesThe Amazing Spider-Man 2) (47)
  • Jason Isaacs (actor, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, The PatriotX-Men: First Class) (51)
  • Colin Quinn (comedian, Saturday Night Live) (55)
  • Roy Innis (civil rights leader, National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality) (80)
  • Jimmy Jam (music producer and songwriter of the Jam & Lewis production team) (55)
  • Max Casella (actor, Doogie Howser, M.D.'s Vinnie, Ed WoodAnalyze This,The Sopranos) (47)
  • Gary U.S. Bonds (singer, "Quarter To Three") (75)
  • James "MunkyShaffer (guitarist, Korn) (44)
  • Cristina Scabbia (singer, Lacuna Coil) (42)
  • Sean Yseult (former bassist, White Zombie) (48)
  • Tom Araya (singer/bassist, Slayer) (53)
  • The Antichrist (???)


  • 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) was founded inLondon.
  • 1850Levi Strauss made his first blue jeans.
  • 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened, inCamden,New Jersey.
  • 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established by Congress.
  • 1939, the Little League organization was formed with three youth teams in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
  • 1941, the New York Giants became the first baseball team to wear protective helmets, in a game against the Pirates.
  • 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II, as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in France.
  • 1946, the NBA was formed from the 11-team Basketball Association of America.
  • 1949George Orwell's 1984 was published.
  • 1962, The Beatles record their first demos with producer George Martin at EMI's Abbey Road Studios. The band plays a cover of "Besame Mucho" and the original songs "Love Me Do," "P.S. I Love You," and "Ask Me Why."
  • 1964, "P.S. I Love You" by the Beatles peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded by a white sniper as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.
  • 1970, "Up Around The Bend" b/w "Run Through The Jungle" by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Four on the pop chart. 1970, "Make Me Smile" by Chicago peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono make an unannounced appearance at the Fillmore East in New York, joining Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention onstage.
  • 1971The Ed Sullivan Show, TV's longest-running variety show, aired its final episode on CBS, which had cancelled it after 23 years.
  • 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states could not impose an automatic death sentence for defendants convicted of murdering a police officer.
  • 1978, the TV newsmagazine show 20/20 debuted on ABC.
  • 1978, The Cars by the Cars is released.
  • 1979 Actor Jack Haley (The Wizard Of Oz's Tin Woodsman) dies at age 79.
  • 1985, authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious "Angel of Death" of the Nazi Holocaust.
  • 1987, "Wanted Dead Or Alive" by Bon Jovi peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1990, a federal judge in Florida declared the album As Nasty As They Wanna Be, by rap group 2 Live Crew, to be obscene. The decision was later overturned on appeal.
  • 1992 "Under The Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers hits Number 2 on the pop singles chart.
  • 1992 Revenge by Kiss enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Six.
  • 1995 Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, is certified multi-platinum for sales of over nine million copies.
  • 1997 Motley Crue releases its Generation Swine album.
  • 2000 Brutal Planet by Alice Cooper is released.
  • 2002 Original Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby dies at age 41.
  • 2002 Metallica plays a secret show at Club Kimo in San Francisco under the name Spun.
  • 2003, Animals keyboardist Dave Rowberry is found dead in his East London apartment by Animals bassist Jim Rodford. Rowberry was 62 years old.
  • 2005, actress Anne Bancroft (The Miracle WorkerThe GraduateThe Elephant ManAgnes Of GodTorch Song TrilogyMaliceKeeping The Faith; wife of Mel Brooks) dies at age 73.
  • 2006 U2 frontman Bono, along with fellow musicians/activists Bob Geldof and Youssou N'Dour, meet with George W. Bush to discuss poverty prior to the start of the G8 Summit inGermany.
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