Rabbi's On This Day: Monday, August 18, 2014
Posted 8/18/2014 12:00:00 PM

Monday, August 18, 2014


  • Rosalynn Carter (Former First Lady, wife of former President Jimmy Carter) (87)
  • Denis Leary (Comedian and actor, Rescue Me) (57)
  • Martin Mull (actor-comedian, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch) (71)
  • Edward Norton (actor, American History XFight ClubRed Dragon, The Illusionist, The Italian JobThe Incredible HulkThe Bourne Legacy25th Hour) (45)
  • Roman Polanski (director, Rosemary's BabyChinatown, directing Oscar for The PianistThe Ghost Writer, wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family) (81)
  • Robert Redford (actor/director, Hollywood icon, The Way We WereThe StingButch Cassidy & The Sundance KidAll The President's MenThe NaturalIndecent ProposalCaptain America: The Winter Soldier) (78)
  • Christian Slater (actor, HeathersYoung Guns IIPump Up The Volume, True RomanceInterview With The VampireBroken Arrow) (45)
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo from The Cosby Show) (44)
  • Madeleine Stowe (actress, Twelve MonkeysThe General's Daughter) (56)
  • Francis Bean Cobain (daughter of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain) (22)
  • Dirk Lance (real name Alex Katunich; former bassist, Incubus) (38)
  • Everlast (real name Eric Schrody, rapper, vocalist) (45)
  • Dennis Elliott (former drummer, Foreigner) (64)
  • Ron Strykert (guitarist, Men At Work) (57, disputed)
  • Barbara Harris (R&B singer, The Toys, "A Lover's Concerto") (69)
  • Bob Woodruff (anchorman and journalist wounded inIraq) (53)
  • David Benoit (jazz pianist) (61)
  • Kaitlin Olson (actress, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) (39)
  • Andy Samberg (comedian, Saturday Night Live) (36)


  • 1872, Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog, which was a single sheet of paper.
  • 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued his "Proclamation Of Neutrality," aimed at keeping theU.S. out of World War I.
  • 1920 Actress Shelley Winters (A Place In The SunThe Diary Of Anne Frank,LolitaThe Poseidon Adventure) is born. She died this past January at age 85.
  • 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was ratified.
  • 1952, Patrick Swayze (Dirty DancingRoadhouseGhost) was born. He died on Spetember 14th, 2009.
  • 1953, Marvin Isley of the Isley Brothers is born. He died on June 6, 2010.
  • 1958, The novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov published.
  • 1960, the first birth control pills were marketed to the public. "The pill" had been undergoing clinical trials since 1954.
  • 1961, construction of the Berlin Wall was completed.
  • 1962 Ringo Starr plays his first show as a member of the Beatles.
  • 1964,South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies. The country did not compete again until the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, after apartheid had been abolished.
  • 1966 "Yellow Submarine" b/w "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles hits Number One on theU.K. pop chart.
  • 1967 "We Love You" b/w "Dandelion" by the Rolling Stones is released. The songs are a thank-you to fans who were loyal during the band's various court appearances.
  • 1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash, accompanied by Neil Young on electric guitar, play the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Buffalo Springfield member Bruce Palmer plays bass.
  • 1969 Mick Jagger is accidentally shot while filming the movie Ned Kelly inAustralia.
  • 1969 Tommy by the Who is certified gold.
  • 1969Jimi Hendrix plays the unofficial last day ofWoodstock.
  • 1973 "Feeling Stronger Every Day" by Chicago peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
  • 1974 Keyboardist Patrick Moraz joins Yes, replacing Rick Wakeman.
  • 1976 At the Republican National Convention, incumbent President Gerald Ford is nominated for a second term.
  • 1977Elvis Presley's funeral is held at his Graceland mansion inMemphis,Tennessee. More than 750,000 fans gather outside.
  • 1977 The Police play Rebecca's in Birmingham, England. It's the band's first real gig as a trio, following the dismissal of original guitarist Henri Padovani.
  • 1978 Who Are You by the Who is released.
  • 1979 "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" by Joe Jackson peaks at Number 21 on the pop chart.
  • 1979 Nick Lowe marries country singer Carlene Carter, the stepdaughter ofJohnny Cash. They later divorce.
  • 1979 The Who headline an all-day concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Also on the bill are AC/DCNils Lofgren, and the Stranglers.
  • 1981 Tattoo You by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1984 "Panama" by Van Halen peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart.
  • 1988, Indiana Senator Dan Quayle was nominated to be George H. W. Bush's running mate during the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
  • 1990 Jimmy Page joins Aerosmith on stage at the Monsters Of Rock concert at Castle Donnington inEngland to play the blues classic "Train Kept A Rollin'."
  • 1991, Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at overthrowing President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was vacationing. Gorbachev and members of his family remained effectively imprisoned until the coup collapsed three days later.
  • 1992Larry Bird announced his retirement from basketball.
  • 1995Shannon Faulkner, who'd fought for two-and-a-half-years to become the first female cadet at the Citadel, quits theSouth Carolina military college.
  • 1997Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.
  • 1998 Actress Persis Khambatta (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) dies at age 47.
  • 2000 Papa Roach's major label debut, Infest, is certified double platinum.
  • 2000 The Brian Setzer Orchestra performs on the Today show.
  • 2002 A public funeral service is held in Plano, Texas, for Drowning Pool singer Dave Williams, who died four days earlier on the band's tour bus from a heart condition.
  • 2004 The first album from Alter Bridge, titled One Day Remains and featuring three ex-members of Creed, debuts at Number Five on the Billboard 200, selling over 95,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • 2005, Dennis Rader is sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms for the BTK serial killings.
  • 2006 A free show by Alice In Chains at San Diego's Del Mar racetrack is cut short when guitarist Jerry Cantrell is hit in the face with a bottle thrown by someone in the audience.
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