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Bohr was was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and… [More] quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. He is often described as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. He was also part of the British team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project. One of Bohr’s sons, Aage Bohr, grew up to be an important physicist who in 1975 also received the Nobel Prize. Bohr’s mother was Jewish, but he was baptized as a Lutheran, the religion of his father. [Less]
1889: Robert Z. Leonard
Leonard was an American film director, actor, producer and screenwriter. At one time, he was… [More] married to silent superstar Mae Murray with the two forming Tiffany Pictures to film eight motion pictures that were released by MGM. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Divorcee and The Great Ziegfeld. Both were also nominated for Best Picture, and the latter won. One of the most odd credits in his filmography is the film noir thriller The Bribe 1949 with its sleazy settings, slippery characters and steamy atmosphere. [Less]
1972: Ben Younger
Younger is a Jewish-American screenwriter and film director. He was born in Brooklyn, and raised in a… [More] Modern Orthodox Jewish household. His first major film was “Boiler Room,” in the genre of Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross. Younger’s second film, “Prime,” is a romantic comedy about the relationship between a young Jewish man and an older gentile woman that features Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep. Prior to the films, and after leaving university, he worked in NYC politics, serving as a legislative aide to Alan Hevesi and then successfully managing the State Assembly campaign for Queens Democrat Melinda Katz — becoming, at 21, the city’s youngest ever campaign manager. [Less]