Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, 7/21/14
Posted 7/21/2014 12:00:00 PM

Monday, July 21, 2014


  • Josh Hartnett (actor, Penny Dreadful, Pearl HarborBlack Hawk DownHollywood HomicideThe Black Dahlia, 30 Days of Night) (36)
  • Ali Landry (model/actress) (41)
  • Blake Lewis (American Idol runner-up ) (33)
  • Jon Lovitz (actor, Saturday Night LiveA League Of Their OwnThe CriticNewsRadioThe Stepford Wives) (57)
  • Janet Reno (former U.S. Attorney General) (76)
  • Cat Stevens (folk singer/songwriter, now goes by the Muslim name Yusuf Islam) (66)
  • Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury cartoonist) (66)
  • Robin Williams (actor-comedian, Mork & Mindy, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, RV, License to Wed) (63)
  • Edward Herrmann (actor, The Paper ChaseThe Lost BoysGilmore GirlsThe Aviator) (71)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg (French actress/singer, Jane Eyre, 21 Grams, I'm Not There, The Science of Sleep) (43)
  • Justin Bartha (actor, National Treasure movies, The Hangover movies) (36)
  • Damian Marley (singer, son of Bob Marley) (36)
  • Chelsie Hightower (dancer, Dancing with the Stars) (25)
  • Rory Culkin (actor, Scream 4, You Can Count on Me, Signs, brother of the Macaulay Culkin) (25)
  • Juno Temple (actress, Year One, The Three Musketeers, Greenberg, The Other Boleyn Girl, Atonement) (25)
  • Emerson Hart (singer/guitarist, Tonic) (45)
  • Jim Martin (former guitarist, Faith No More) (53)
  • Ken Starr (former special prosecutor, investigated President Clinton on Whitewater and the Monica Lewinsky affair) (68)


  • 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War, the Battle Of Bull Run Creek, took place at Manassas, Virginia, and was won by the Confederate Army. People came dressed in their Sunday best to watch the battle while picnicking.
  • 1873 Jesse James and the James Gang commit their first train robbery.
  • 1899 Writer Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell To ArmsFor Whom The Bell TollsThe Old Man And The Sea) is born. He dies in 1961.
  • 1901 Margarita inventor Carlos "Danny" Herrera is born. He dies in 1992.
  • 1931, W2XAB, CBS's first TV station, began transmitting inNew York City.
  • 1951, the NAACP protests the TV version of Amos 'n' Andy, calling it "a gross libel on the Negro and distortion of the truth."
  • 1954, The Geneva Accords splitVietnam into two countries, with the communists controllingNorth Vietnam.
  • 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin lift off from the moon 21-1/2 hours after their historic landing on its surface aboard the lunar module, returning to the command module piloted by Michael Collins.
  • 1972George Carlin was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and profanity in Milwaukee when he reads his infamous list of so-called "seven dirty words" you can't say on radio or TV on stage.
  • 1973 "Tequila Sunrise" by the Eagles peaks at Number 64 on the pop charts.
  • 1973 The Captain And Me by the Doobie Brothers peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1974 The House Judiciary Committee approves two Articles Of Impeachment against President Nixon.
  • 1977 The Rolling Stones welcome Linda Ronstadt to the stage in Tucson, Arizona, where she and Mick Jagger sing "Tumblin' Dice."
  • 1979 Dynasty by Kiss peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
  • 1979 "I Want You To Want Me" by Cheap Trick peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1979 "Long Live Rock" by the Who peaks at Number 54 on the pop chart.
  • 1979 Back To The Egg by Wings peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1980 Back In Black by AC/DC is released. It goes on to become the fifth best-selling album of all time in theU.S.
  • 1980 The original Friday The 13th movie opens.
  • 1984 "Legs" by ZZ Top peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987 Guns 'N Roses release their major-label debut album Appetite For Destruction.
  • 1987 Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is certified gold.
  • 1987Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart had her legs insured for $2 million with Lloyd's Of London.
  • 1989Mike Tyson knocked out Carl "The TruthWilliams 93 seconds into the first round of Tyson's heavyweight title defense. It was the fifth-shortest heavyweight title fight in history.
  • 1990 200,000 people attend Roger Waters's performance of Pink Floyd'sThe Wall at the site of the Berlin Wall in the now unitedGermany.
  • 1990, the BBC's Radio One apologized to listeners after Madonna repeatedly cursed during a live concert broadcast.
  • 1996 Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is arrested for allegedly hitting a fan who was trying to take his picture in a hotel inNorth Carolina.
  • 1998 The Pentagon finds no evidence to support CNN and Time magazine allegations thatU.S. troops used nerve gas while searching for American defectors inLaos during the Vietnam War.
  • 1999, Navy divers found the bodies of John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wifeCarolyn, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, in the wreckage of Kennedy's plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard.
  • 2000, Special Counsel John C. Danforth concluded that the federal government was innocent of wrongdoing in the 1993 siege that killed 80 people at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
  • 2001 U2 frontman Bono and former Boomtown Rats singer and Band Aid/Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof appear at the closing day of the G8 summit inGenoa,Italy, to chastise world leaders aboutThird World debt relief, as well as criticize demonstrator violence in the streets at the gathering, which left one person dead and nearly 200 injured.
  • 2003 Metallica shoots a $1 million video in Montreal for "Frantic," the second single off their St. Anger album.
  • 2005 Coldplay's Chris Martin is crowned the Sexiest Male Vegetarian Of The Year by People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA).
  • 2005 British blues icon Long John Baldry dies at the age of 64. Baldry wasn't a household name in America, but he had a hand in the development of many top British artists, including Rod StewartElton JohnEric ClaptonJeff BeckJimmy PageJack BruceGinger Baker, and the Rolling Stones, among others.
  • 2005 Four terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7th bombings, targetLondon's public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers escape.
  • 2007 Legendary British rock manager Don Arden, father of Sharon Osbourne and former manager of Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra and Ozzy Osbourne, dies at the age of 81 in aLos Angeles nursing home.
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