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

Saturday, July 12, 2014


  • Bill Cosby (actor-comedian) (77)
  • Christine McVie (former singer-keyboardist, Fleetwood Mac) (71)
  • Topher Grace (actor, That 70s Show, Spider-Man 3, Predators) (36)
  • Mel Harris (actress, Hope on TV's thirtysomething) (58)
  • Cheryl Ladd (actress, Charlie's Angels; the singing voice of Melody in the Josie & The Pussycats cartoon series) (63)
  • Richard Simmons (flamboyant diet and weight loss guru and exercise personality) (66)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi (U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater) (43)
  • Charlie Murphy (actor, Chappelle's ShowCB4Roll Bounce, older brother of Eddie Murphy) (55)
  • Michelle Rodriguez (actress, LostThe Fast & The Furious, GirlfightS.W.A.T., Avatar, Machete) (36)
  • Cheyenne Jackson (actor) (39)
  • Dan Murphy (guitarist, Soul Asylum) (52)
  • John Petrucci (guitarist, Dream Theater) (47)


  • 1817, Author, naturalist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who wrote Walden and created the concept of civil disobedience, was born.
  • 1860, African-American scientist and educator George Washington Carver, whose discoveries helped to revolutionize agriculture in the South, was born.
  • 1895, Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, who partnered with composer Richard Rodgers on musicals such as Oklahoma!The King & IThe Sound Of MusicSouth Pacific, and Showboat, was born.
  • 1908, Actor/comedian Milton Berle, the biggest star of early television, nicknamed "Uncle Milty" and "Mr. Television," was born. He died March 27th, 2002, at 93.
  • 1909, Actor "Curly" Joe DeRita (The Three Stooges) is born. He dies in 1993.
  • 1933, a new U.S. industrial code was established to fix a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour, the first national minimum wage law passed by Congress.
  • 1950 Former Kiss drummer Eric Carr is born. He dies in 1991.
  • 1954Elvis Presley signs a contract with Sun Records and quits his day job at Crown Electric.
  • 1960, the Ohio Art Company introduced the first Etch-A-Sketch toy for sale.
  • 1962, The Rollin' Stones, as they are known at the time, play their debut gig at the Marquee Club in London, England. The band includes Mick JaggerKeith RichardBrian JonesIan Stewart, andDick Taylor, with future Kinks drummer Mick Avory rounding out the lineup.
  • 1969, "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" by the Beatles peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
  • 1969Blind Faith kicks off its first (and only)U.S. tour atMadisonSquareGarden inNew York City.
  • 1976, The TV game show Family Feud, with host Richard Dawson, debuts on ABC.
  • 1979, the Chicago White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game of a twi-night doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers due to the behavior of disorderly fans during Disco Demolition Night. The promotion involved admitting fans for 98 cents if they brought a disco record. The records were then collected, and then literally blown up in center field. A riot ensued.
  • 1980, "Cheap Sunglasses" by ZZ Top peaks at Number 89 on the pop chart.
  • 1980, "I'm Alive" by the Electric Light Orchestra peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.
  • 1983Traffic multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood dies at age 39.
  • 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale announced he'd chosen Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro of New York to be his running mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for the vice presidency on a major-party ticket.
  • 1984,New York instituted the nation's first mandatory seat belt law.
  • 1984Happy Days last aired on ABC after 11 years.
  • 1986, "Like A Rock" by Bob Seger peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.
  • 1986, "Tuff Enuff" by the Fabulous Thunderbirds peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1986, "Your Wildest Dreams" by the Moody Blues peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
  • 1992 Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose is arrested at JFK Airport In New York City on a warrant fromSt. Louis. Rose is wanted on charges stemming from a riot during a Guns N' Roses concert the previous year.
  • 1996 Smashing Pumpkins tour keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin is found dead in a New York City hotel of a heroin overdose. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is charged with possession of a controlled substance and fired by the band.
  • 1996, TV journalist John Chancellor died at the age of 68.
  • 1997 Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis suffers a badly broken wrist in a motorcycle accident inLos Angeles. Kiedis is injured when the car in front of him makes an unexpected U-turn in order to score a parking space.
  • 1997Generation Swine by Motley Crue enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Four.
  • 1998,France beatBrazil, 3-0, for its first World Cup soccer championship.
  • 1999 Blink-182's Enema Of The State is certified gold.
  • 2000 Rage Against The Machine and the Beastie Boys agree to give $1 from each ticket sold on their Rhyme & Reason 2000 tour to charitable and social action organizations.
  • 2002 Reign Of Fire, Road To Perdition, and Halloween: Resurrection all open in theatres.
  • 2003 Judas Priest announces they have reunited with original lead singer Rob Halford after nearly 12 years apart.
  • 2004 Courtney Love is admitted to a private hospital inNew York City after spending 72 hours inNew York'sBellevueHospital. Emergency medical personnel brought Love toBellevue after getting a call for help from her loft apartment.
  • 2005 Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland has two-year-old drug charges against him dismissed because he successfully completed his rehab program.
  • 2007 Courtney Love gives a surprise performance at the Hiro Ballroom in downtown Manhattan. According to RollingStone.com, the former Hole frontperson is "dangerously skinny" and sounds like "she'd rubbed her vocal cords on a chainsaw shortly before taking the stage."
  • 2007 The first free Ozzfest kicks off in Auburn, Washington. All the tickets for the entire tour cost nothing, with fans obtaining them through the festival's sponsor web sites. Ozzy Osbourne headlines the entire trek, with Static-X, Lordi, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed and others on the bill.
  • 2008 The Who performs and is saluted with performances by Pearl Jam, the Foo Fighters, Incubus, the Flaming Lips, Tenacious D, and Adam Sandler during the taping of VH1 Rock Honors: The Who on the campus of UCLA inLos Angeles.
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