Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, 6/16/14
Posted 6/16/2014 12:00:00 PM

Monday, June 16, 2014


  • Roberto "No Mas" Duran (boxer) (63)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Emmy Award-winning actress, Roseanne's TV sister Jackie) (59)
  • Joan Van Ark (actress, starred in Dallas and Knots Landing) (71)
  • Joyce Carol Oates (author) (76)
  • Lamont Dozier (member of famous songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland) (73)
  • Eddie Levert (member of The O'Jays) (72)
  • Eileen Atkins (British actress) (80)
  • Gino Vannelli (singer and songwriter) (62)
  • Diana DeGarmo (American Idol runner-up) (27)
  • Phil Mickelson (Golfer) (44)
  • John Cho (actor, the American Pie films, the Harold & Kumar films, "Sulu" in the new Star TrekFlash ForwardStar Trek Into Darkness) (42)
  • Eddie Cibrian (actor, Sunset BeachCSI: Miami, Third Watch, husband of LeeAnn Rimes) (41)
  • Abby Elliot (actress/comedienne, Saturday Night Live) (27)
  • Daniel Bruhl (actor, Rush, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Fifth Estate) (36)
  • Laurie Metcalf (actress, Roseanne's Jackie, JFKGeorgia Rule) (59)
  • Arnold Vosloo (actor, The MummyThe Mummy ReturnsBlood Diamond) (52)


  • 1816 After an evening of ghost stories, Mary Shelley has a nightmare that gives her the inspiration for Frankenstein.
  • 1829 Native American leader Geronimo is born. He dies in 1909.
  • 1858, In a speech in Springfield, Illinois, Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln gave a speech calling for an end to the fight over slavery and says the slavery issue has to be resolved. He famously declared, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
  • 1884 The first roller coaster opens at Coney Island inBrooklyn,New York.
  • 1884, The first roller coaster opens at Coney Island inBrooklyn,New York.
  • 1890 Stan Laurel (of Laurel & Hardy fame; he's the skinny one) is born. He dies in 1965.
  • 1893, Cracker Jacks are invented by R.W. Rueckheim.
  • 1897, the government signed a treaty of annexation withHawaii.
  • 1903, Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
  • 1907 Actor Jack Albertson (Chico & The Man's Ed, a.k.a "The Man") is born. He dies in 1981.
  • 1937 Novelist/screenwriter Erich Segal (Love Story) is born. He dies in 2010.
  • 1949Raging Bull Jake La Motta captured the middleweight boxing championship with a win over Marcel Cerdan.
  • 1959 Actor George Reeves (he played Superman on TV and Brent Tarleton in Gone With The Wind) is found dead of a gunshot wound at age 45. It's ruled a suicide, although some people still question the ruling.
  • 1963John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose "She Loves You."
  • 1967, The Monterey International Pop Festival kicks off. Over the course of the three-day event, over 50,000 people see acts including Jimi HendrixJanis Joplin, the Who, the Grateful Dead, the ByrdsJefferson AirplaneBuffalo Springfield, theMamas & the PapasBooker T. & the MG's, and Otis Redding.
  • 1971 Rapper Tupac Shakur is born. He dies in 1996 after being shot.
  • 1972, actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner married for the second time.
  • 1978 The movie Grease, starring Olive Newton-John and John Travolta, opens nationwide.
  • 1979 "I Was Made For Lovin' You" by Kiss peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.
  • 1979, "The Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1982Pretenders lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott dies of a cocaine overdose at age 29.
  • 1984 Love At First Sting by the Scorpions peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987, Bernhard Goetz was acquitted of attempted murder in the New York City subway shooting of four young black men he said were going to rob him. He was eventually convicted of illegal weapons possession.
  • 1992 A British court bans an anti-nuclear rally in northern England at which U2 was scheduled to play.
  • 1992 Faith No More releases its fourth album, Angel Dust.
  • 1995 Pearl Jam begins a tour without using Ticketmaster. The band, who had accused the ticket giant of monopolizing the concert ticket industry, decides to use a mail-order ticket service instead.
  • 1996 Russians hold their first independent presidential election. President Boris Yeltsin wins after surviving a run-off.
  • 1996 Van Halen parts company with singer Sammy Hagar.
  • 1996, on this Father's Day, just after the Chicago Bulls beat the Seattle Supersonics to win the NBA championship, Michael Jordan sank to the court's floor and burst into tears, a release of the grief he felt for the loss of his father, who had been murdered in a random roadside attack three years before.
  • 1996, Russians held their first independent presidential election. President Boris Yeltsin won after surviving a run-off.
  • 1996Van Halen parts company with Sammy Hagar.
  • 1997 Limp Bizkit releases its debut album, Three Dollar Bill, Y'All.
  • 1998, Massachusetts' highest court cleared the way for Louise Woodward to return home to England, upholding a judge's ruling that freed the au pair convicted of killing a baby.
  • 1998, The Detroit Red Wings took home the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year after completing a sweep of the Washington Capitals with a 4-to-1 victory in game four.
  • 1999, Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 1999Kathleen Ann Soliah, a fugitive member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was captured in St. Paul, Minn., where she was living as Sara Jane Olson.
  • 1999Thabo Mbeki took the oath as president ofSouth Africa, succeeding Nelson Mandela.
  • 2000, Federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corporation, creating the nation's largest local phone company.
  • 2001 During a birthday party at the home of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee for his son, four-year-old Daniel Karven Veres drowns in Lee's swimming pool. The boy's parents later sue Lee and his estranged wife, actress Pamela Anderson, but ultimately lose the case.
  • 2004 The Velvet Revolver TV special (Inside) Out: The Rise Of Velvet Revolver premieres on VH1, while the band's debut album, Contraband, debuts on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at Number One.
  • 2004 Courtney Love postpones her firstU.S. solo tour due to her continuing legal problems.
  • 2004 Rolling Stone reveals that Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone is in aLos Angeles hospital battling cancer. Ramone dies three months later.
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