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Ornstein was a Jewish, Russian-born leading American experimental composer and pianist of the early… [More] twentieth century. His performances of works by avant-garde composers and his own innovative and even shocking pieces made him a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic. Though he gave his last public concert before the age of forty, he continued writing music for another half-century and beyond. Largely forgotten for decades, he was rediscovered in the mid-1970s. Ornstein completed his eighth and final piano sonata at the age of ninety-seven, making him the oldest published composer in history (a mark since passed by Elliott Carter). [Less]
1914: Adolph Green
Green was a Jewish-American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the… [More] screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved movie musicals, particularly as part of Arthur Freed’s production unit at MGM during the studio’s heyday. Their hits include “New York, New York” (the version from the musical “On The Town”) and the screenplay for the film “Singin’ in the Rain.” The pair were not married, but they shared a unique comic genius and sophisticated wit that enabled them to forge a six-decade-long partnership that produced some of Hollywood and Broadway’s greatest hits. [Less]
1939: Yael Dayan
Dayan is an Israeli politician and author. She has been a part of the Labor Party, One Israel, and Meretz.… [More] She served as a member of the Knesset between 1992 and 2003, and is currently the chair of Tel Aviv city council, where she serves as deputy mayor responsible for social services. She is the daughter of Moshe Dayan and sister of Assi Dayan. [Less]