Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, 6/8/14
Posted 6/8/2014 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, June 8, 2014


  • Chuck Negron (singer, Three Dog Night) (72)
  • Boz Scaggs (singer-guitarist; "Lowdown," "Lido Shuffle") (70)
  • Scott Adams (cartoonist, creator of the workplace comic strip Dilbert) (57)
  • Barbara Bush (former First Lady; wife of George Bush; mother of George W. Bush) (89)
  • Julianna Margulies (actress, ER's Nurse Carol Hathaway, The SopranosThe Good Wife) (48)
  • Joan Rivers (comedienne-talk show host) (81)
  • Nancy Sinatra (singer; Frank Sinatra's daughter) (74)
  • Jerry Stiller (comedian and actor Seinfeld's Frank Costanza, King Of Queens' Arthur Spooner; husband of Anne Meara; father of actor Ben Stiller) (87)
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans (actor-comedian and former-talk show host, I'm Gonna Git You SuckaIn Living ColorA Low Down Dirty ShameScary Movie; brother of Damon, Kim, Marlon and Shawn Wayans) (56)
  • Lindsay Davenport (tennis player) (38)
  • Kelli Williams (actress, The Practice's Lindsey) (44)
  • Mick Hucknall (singer, Simply Red) (54)
  • Bonnie Tyler (Welsh singer, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart") (63)
  • James Darren (singer, "Goodbye Cruel World") (78)
  • Nick Rhodes (keyboardist, Duran Duran) (52)
  • Derek Trucks (guitarist, Allman Brothers Band) (35)
  • Kanye West (rapper) (37)


  • 1824 The washing machine is patented by Noah Cushing.
  • 1861,Tennessee became the 11th and final state to secede from the Union. It was also the first state readmitted to theUnion after the end of the Civil War.
  • 1869 Ives McGaffney of Chicago patents the first vacuum cleaner.
  • 1948The Milton Berle Show debuted on NBC as the Texaco Star Theater, with Berle originally a guest host before later becoming the permanent star. The show was a huge hit, and Uncle Milty was credited with boosting the new TV industry.
  • 1950, the Boston Red Sox set the major-league record for runs scored by one team as they destroyed the St. Louis Browns, 29-4, at Fenway Park.
  • 1953 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that restaurants in the District Of Columbia cannot refuse to serve blacks.
  • 1963 A drive against cigarette smoking is opened by the American Heart Association, the first voluntary public agency to do so.
  • 1965 U.S. troops in South Vietnam are given orders to begin fighting offensively, not just defensively, as American policy originally dictated.
  • 1966, pro football reached a merger agreement under which the NFL and AFL would be joined into one league, with two divisions: the NFC and the AFC. The merger also created the yearly championship that we now call the Super Bowl, with the first one played in 1967.
  • 1968, Authorities announce the capture of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., inLondon.
  • 1969, baseball legend Mickey Mantle's No. 7 was retired by the New York Yankees on Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium.
  • 1969, Guitarist Brian Jones quits the Rolling Stones. The following day (June 9th), he is replaced by guitarist Mick Taylor, formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
  • 1969, President Richard Nixon announces that 25,000U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Vietnam by the end of August.
  • 1974, "Band On The Run" by Paul McCartney & Wings hits Number One on the pop chart.
  • 1974, Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits Yes for the first time. He rejoins and quits several more times.
  • 1974, "Help Me" by Joni Mitchell peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.
  • 1985, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987Fawn HallOliver North's secretary, began testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings about how she helped shred documents and steal others for her boss.
  • 1991 "More Than Words" by Extreme hits Number One on the pop chart. That same day, Pornograffitti peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1995Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant at aDallas hospital. He died of cancer two months later.
  • 1996 "Until It Sleeps" by Metallica enters the pop chart at its peak position of Number 10.
  • 1996 Down On The Upside by Soundgarden enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Two.
  • 1998 The National Rifle Association elects Charlton Heston as its president.
  • 1999 The Red Hot Chili Peppers release Californication.
  • 1999 Euphoria by Def Leppard is released.
  • 1999President Clinton announced new restrictions aimed at making it tougher for teens to sneak into R-rated movies.
  • 2001 The sixth edition of Ozzfest kicks off in Tinley Park, Illinois, with the original Black Sabbath headlining over Marilyn MansonSlipknotLinkin Park, and others.
  • 2001 R.E.M. performs acoustically at the Museum Of Television & Radio inBeverly Hills,California.
  • 2004 The unauthorized Led Zeppelin DVD A To Zeppelin: The Story Of Led Zeppelin is released.
  • 2004 311 releases Greatest Hits '93 - '03.
  • 2004 A**hole by Gene Simmons is released.
  • 2004 Contraband by Velvet Revolver is released.
  • 2004 Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips, and original bassist Brian Marshall announce that they've regrouped, following Creed's break-up, in a new band called Alter Bridge with former Mayfield Four singer Myles Kennedy.
  • 2005 AC/DC's 1980 album, Back In Black, is certified Double Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of 21 million copies, making it the fifth best-selling album of all time in theU.S.
  • 2005 Oasis makes its highest chart debut and has its best first week of sales in nearly a decade as Don't Believe The Truth debuts at Number 12 on the Billboard Top 200 with sales of 65,000 copies.
  • 2005 White Stripes frontman Jack White reveals that his side project with singer/songwriter Brendan Benson has been named the Raconteurs.
  • 2013 Metallica surprises fans at the band's Orion Music + More festival by playing its 1983 debut disc Kill 'Em All from beginning to end on a smaller stage at the event, which takes place at Belle Isle inDetroit.
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