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Born in Lithuania, Hillman was a Jewish-American labor leader. He was the head of the Amalgamated Clothing… [More] Workers of America. Most famously, he was a key figure in the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and in marshaling labor’s support for Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and the Democratic Party. Hillman was a supporter of the FDR and his social program, the New Deal, from the outset. FDR named him to the Labor Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration in 1933 and to the National Industrial Recovery Board in 1934. Hillman also founded the American Labor Party in 1936. [Less]
1930: Asaf Avidan
Avidan, born in Jerusalem, is an Israeli singer-songwriter and musician. He is the front-man of the… [More] rock band “Asaf Avidan & the Mojos.” He studied animation at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, and worked in that field until a reported break up from his longtime girlfriend caused him to move back to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and pursue music, full time. The group announced an indefinite “creative break” in 2011 after they had toured the world stage with many artists, including Lou Reed and Bob Dylan. Avidan, however, is scheduled to continue touring, possibly with other performers and back-up musicians. [Less]
1938: Michael T. Kaufman
Kaufman was a Jewish writer for The New York TImes. He wrote a book: “Soros: The Life and Times of a… [More] Messianic Billionaire,” and was a foreign correspondent, reporter, and columnist for the paper. In his obituary at the paper, this was written about him: “Michael T. Kaufman, a former foreign correspondent, reporter and columnist for The New York Times who chronicled despotic regimes in Europe and Africa, the fall of Communism and the changing American scene for four decades.” [Less]