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Born Alissa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Rand’s family was part of the middle class in Czarist… [More] Russia but the family lost everything in the Bolshevik Revolution. Rand managed to finish her education in the early days of Lenin’s Soviet Union and then immigrated to the United States. It was during the immigration process that she took the first name of Ayn (rhymes with Pine) and the last name of Rand as in Remington Rand, name of her favorite typewriter. After a checkered career, Ms. Rand published her two famous novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.” [Less]
1915: Abba Eban
Born Aubrey Solomon Eban in South Africa, Eban was a major figure in the creation of the Jewish state.… [More] During World War II he served as an intelligence officer with the British Army. Eban served at the United Nations during the Partition Debate and worked to gain early American recognition for the Jewish state. After the War for Independence Eban was Israel’s Ambassador to the UN and the United States. In these dual roles, Eban played a critical role in gaining popular and diplomatic support for the young state of Israel. [Less]
1927: Stan Getz
Also known as “the sound”, Getz was an American jazz saxophone player. He came to prominence in the… [More] late 1940’s with Woody Herman’s “Big Band.” His parents were Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to the United States from Kiev. [Less]