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Born Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari, he was Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1831 to 1846. Strongly… [More] conservative and traditionalist, he opposed democratic and modernizing reforms in the Papal States and throughout Europe, seeing them as fronts for revolutionary leftism, and he sought to strengthen the religious and political authority of the papacy. [Less]
1907: Leon Askin
Askin was an American actor of Austrian-Jewish descent who was best known for portraying the character… [More] “General Burkhalter” on the TV situation comedy Hogan’s Heroes. He often portrayed foreign characters who speak English with a strong accent. He died in Vienna. [Less]
1971: Jada Pinkett Smith
The beautiful Pinkett-Smith, who is of West Indian, Creole, and Portuguese-Jewish ancestry, is an… [More] American actress, producer, director, author, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. After a few appearances on TV, she starred in A Different World, produced by Bill Cosby, and she featured opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1996). She starred in dramatic films such as Menace II Society (1993) and Set It Off (1996). In 1997, she married rapper and actor Will Smith, with whom she has 2 children. [Less]