Rabbi's On This Day: Thursday, 7/10/14
Posted 7/10/2014 12:00:00 PM

Thursday, July 10, 2014



  • Jessica Simpson (pop singer/fashion designer, former wife of Nick Lachey) (34)
  • Adrian Grenier (actor, "Vincent Chase" on Entourage) (38)
  • Jerry Miller (singer-guitarist, Moby Grape) (71)
  • Elijah Blue Allman (Cher and Gregg Allman's son, and the lead singer of the band Deadsy) (38)
  • Ron Glass (actor, played Detective Ron Harris on TV's Barney Miller) (69)
  • Jake LaMotta (boxing champ, portrayed by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull) (93)
  • Neil Tennant (singer, Pet Shop Boys) (60)
  • Cindy Sheehan (antiwar activist) (57)
  • Arlo Guthrie (folksinger, "Alice's Restaurant," "City ofNew Orleans," son of Woody Guthrie) (67)
  • Greg Kihn (singer-guitarist, "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)," "Jeopardy") (65)
  • Sofia Vergara (actress, Gloria on Modern Family) (42)
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas (actor, American Pie movies, Rookie of the Year) (34)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (actor, 12 Years a Slave, Kinky Boots, Children of Men) (37)
  • Peter DiStefano (guitar, Porno For Pyros) (49)


  • 988 The city ofDublin,Ireland is founded.
  • 1778,France entered the Revolutionary War on the side of the American colonials, declaring war againstEngland.
  • 1790, the House Of Representatives voted to locate the planned national capital -- the future Washington, D.C. -- on a 10-square-mile site along the Potomac River.
  • 1890,Wyoming was admitted to theUnion as the 44th state, the first state with female suffrage.
  • 1914 Superman co-creator Joe Shuster is born. He dies in 1992.
  • 1914, the Boston Red Sox purchased Babe Ruth from the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 1925, the official news agency of the formerSoviet Union, TASS, was established.
  • 1926 Actor Fred Gwynne (The MunstersPet SemataryMy Cousin Vinny) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1940, the 114-day Battle Of Britain began during World War II as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. By late October,Britain managed to repel the Luftwaffe, which suffered heavy losses.
  • 1942 Ronnie James Dio (singer, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio is born. He dies of stomach cancer in May 2010.
  • 1943, Hall of Fame tennis player Arthur Ashe, the first black man to win a major tournament, was born. He died Feb. 6, 1993 at 49, after contracting the AIDS virus from a blood transfusion during open heart surgery.
  • 1965, the Rolling Stones got their first Number One hit with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
  • 1965Beatles VI by the Beatles hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.
  • 1968Eric Clapton announces that Cream will break up after a final tour.
  • 1969 Jimi Hendrix, accompanied by bassist Billy Cox and percussionists Jerry Velez and Juma Sultan, performs "Lover Man" on The Tonight Show.
  • 1971Aqualung by Jethro Tull peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1976Rock 'N' Roll Music by the Beatles peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1979 Kiss's Dynasty is certified triple platinum.
  • 1982Still Life (American Concert 1981) by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1982Toto IV by Toto peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1984, At the age of 19, Dwight "DocGooden of the New York Mets becomes the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher. He leads the National League to a 3-1 win atCandlestickPark inSan Francisco.
  • 1985, after a lukewarm reception for the New Coke and pressured by its customers, the Coca-Cola Company resumed selling old formula Coke, but announced they would continue to sell “New Coke” and call the original “Classic Coke”.
  • 1989 Actor-cartoon voice legend Mel Blanc -- the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester The Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, and Pepe Le Pew, among others -- dies at age 81.
  • 1991 The owners and promoters of a suburban St. Louis amphitheater sue Guns N' Roses, claiming that actions by the band led to a July 2nd riot that injured 75 people. The band says that poor security was to blame.
  • 1991Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
  • 1992, a federal judge in Miami sentenced former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, convicted of drug and racketeering charges, to 40 years in prison.
  • 1993 Pearl Jam supports Neil Young at a concert at a 200-year-old castle inDublin,Ireland. The crowd breaks through the crash barriers and dozens of semi-conscious fans have to be ferried to the first-aid tent.
  • 1995 The Offspring's Smash album is certified quintuple platinum.1995 NME reports that a Seattle organization called "Friends Understanding Kurt" claims that the deaths of Kurt Cobain and former Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff are linked to something called a "dream machine," a trance inducing device invented by William Burroughs collaborator Brion Gysin. Say what?
  • 1995, in a letter, Pope John Paul II apologized to the world's women for the Catholic Church's role in blocking their advancement, denounced sexual violence and job discrimination, and, in a reversal, praised the women's liberation movement.
  • 1999, the U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
  • 2002 Eddie Van Halen and wife Valerie Bertinelli confirm that they are divorcing after 21 years of marriage.
  • 2002, A private funeral service for Who bassist John Entwistle is held in England. Bandmates Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey attend, as well as onetime Who drummer Kenney Jones.
  • 2004 OzzFest kicks off in Hartford, Connecticut. Judas Priest and Black Sabbath co-headline the tour.
  • 2007 The Smashing Pumpkins release Zeitgeist, the first new album under the Pumpkins banner since frontman Billy Corgan disbanded the group in late 2000.
  • 2013 Hinder vocalist Austin Winkler leaves the band's current tour due to unspecified personal reasons. He never returns to the group.
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