Rabbi's On This Day: Saturday, 6/7/14
6/7/2014 12:00:00 PM
Saturday, June 7, 2014
- Allen Iverson (former NBA star) (39)
- Bear Grylls (British adventurer, author, and TV personality, Man Vs Wild) (40)
- Michael Cera (actor, Juno, Superbad, Arrested Development) (26)
- Jenny Jones (former talk show hostess) (68)
- Tom Jones ('60s pop singer-actor-all-around sex symbol, "It's Not Unusual," "What's New Pussycat") (74)
- Anna Kournikova (Russian tennis player) (33)
- Liam Neeson (actor, Schindler's List, Taken, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Kinsey, Batman Begins, Taken, The A-Team, Battleship) (62)
- Prince (singer, guitarist, and composer) (56)
- Dave Navarro (guitarist, Jane's Addiction) (47)
- L.A. Reid (R&B songwriter/producer) (58)
- Damien Hirst (controversial British artist) (49)
- Karl Urban (actor, The Lord of the Rings, Doom, Pathfinder, "Dr. McCoy" in the new Star Trek, Priest) (42)
- Bill Hader (actor, Saturday Night Live, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Adventureland, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Year One, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) (35, disputed 36)
- Anna Torv (actress, Fringe) (35)
- Eric Kretz (drummer, Stone Temple Pilots) (48)
ON THIS DAY:
- 1769, Frontiersman Daniel Boone begins to explore present-day Kentucky.
- 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposes to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration Of Independence.
- 1909, Actress Jessica Tandy (The Birds, The World According To Garp, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, Nobody's Fool; former wife of Hume Cronyn) is born. She dies in 1994.
- 1917, Actor-singer and Rat Pack member Dean Martin (Rio Bravo, Ocean's Eleven, Robin And The 7 Hoods, The Sons Of Katie Elder, Airport, The Cannonball Run) is born. He dies in 1995 at age 78.
- 1929, the sovereign state ofVatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged inRome.
- 1946, The U.S. Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel.
- 1955, the TV game show The $64,000 Question premiered.
- 1965, an 1879 Connecticut law banning the use of contraceptives was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- 1969, Bayou Country by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Seven on the album chart.
- 1969, Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech, plays their first concert, a free show in London's Hyde Park that draws an estimated 120,000 people. It's their onlyU.K. show.
- 1970, The Who performs Tommy atNew York's Metropolitan Opera House.
- 1972, The musical Grease opens on Broadway.
- 1975, "Bad Time" by Grand Funk Railroad peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1975, "Old Days" by Chicago peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
- 1975, the Sony Corporation unveiled its new Betamax consumer home videotape recorder, better known as the VCR. It sold for $995.
- 1975, Blow By Blow by Jeff Beck peaks at Number Four on the album chart.
- 1975, Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John enters the album chart at Number One, where it spends seven weeks.
- 1976, The NBC Nightly News, with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, first aired.
- 1979, The U.S. Internal Revenue Service charges Chuck Berry with tax evasion on the same day he plays for President Carter at the White House.
- 1982, Elvis Presley'sGraceland mansion is opened to the public.
- 1986, "All I Need Is A Miracle" by Mike + the Mechanics peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
- 1991 Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking album is certified gold.
- 1993, The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum takes place in Cleveland, Ohio. Pete Townshend, Billy Joel, and Chuck Berry attend.
- 1996 Wal-Mart discontinues sales of the Goo Goo Dolls album A Boy Named Goo because of complaints that the little boy on the cover appears to be abused. The band says that what appears to be blood on the boy's face is really blackberry juice.
- 1996, the Clinton administration acknowledged it had obtained the FBI files of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's press secretary, former Bush Chief Of Staff James A. Baker III, and other appointees from Republican administrations, calling it "an innocent bureaucratic mistake."
- 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd, Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas, by three white men.
- 1999, the FBI put terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden on the list of Ten Most Wanted fugitives.
- 2002 Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler joins the Calling onstage at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida, for a version of "Walk This Way." Calling frontman Alex Band introducesTyler to the crowd as a bum they had found on the side of the road.
- 2002 Godsmack parts ways with drummer Tommy Stewart.
- 2002, Michael Skakel was convicted of beating his neighbor Martha Moxley to death in 1975. The two were 15 years old at the time.
- 2004 Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is hospitalized in Zurich, Switzerland, with an undisclosed ailment, forcing him to miss the band's performance at England's Download Festival. Slipknot's Joey Jordison and Slayer's Dave Lombardo are among the last-minute volunteers who fill in for Ulrich.
- 2005 The White Stripes release their fifth album, Get Behind Me Satan.
- 2005 Coldplay releases its highly anticipated third album, X&Y.
- 2006 Guns N' Roses returns to the British stage for the first time in over a decade but angers fans by appearing over an hour late. The delay strands many concertgoers inLondon by extending the show until 1 a.m., long after the trains stop running. Many fans have to exit the concert before the end in order to get home.
- 2008 Foo Fighters are joined onstage during their concert at London's Wembley Stadium by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones. The pair appear during the band's final encore, during which frontman Dave Grohl gets behind the drums for Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" with drummer Taylor Hawkins handling the vocals. They switch places for a second Zeppelin number, "Ramble On."
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