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Leeser was an American-Ashkenazi Jewish lay minister of religion, author, translator, editor, and… [More] publisher. He was considered a pioneer of the Jewish pulpit in the United States, and was also the founder of the Jewish press of America. He produced the first Jewish translation of the Bible into English to be published in the United States. He is considered one of the most important American Jewish personalities of 19th century America. [Less]
1882: Akiba Rubinstein
Rubinstein was a Jewish-Polish chess Grandmaster at the beginning of the 20th century. He was scheduled to… [More] play a match with Emanuel Lasker for the world championship in 1914, but it was cancelled because of the outbreak of World War I. In his youth, he astonished the chess world, defeating many famous players, including Capablanca and Schlechter. His later years, (some 29 of them), however, were plagued by mental illness. [Less]
1915: Frank Sinatra
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Ol’ Blue Eyes was an American singer and film actor of Italian… [More] origin. His genres spanned traditional pop, jazz, swing, big band, and vocal – and he also directed and conducted. One of Hollywood’s most famous, he was allegedly connected to Mob bosses. [Less]