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Churchill was a British politician, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II.… [More] Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, he served as prime minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States. [Less]
1936: Abbie Hoffman
Hoffman was a Jewish-American political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International… [More] Party (“Yippies”). He was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to riot as a result of his role in protests that led to violent confrontations with police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, along withJerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner and Bobby Seale. The group was known collectively as the “Chicago Eight.” While the defendants were initially convicted of intent to incite a riot, the verdicts were overturned on appeal. Hoffman came to prominence in the 1960s, and continued practicing his activism in the 1970s, and became a symbol of the anti-Vietnam War era. [Less]
1947: David Mamet
Mamet is a successful Jewish-American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. Best known as a… [More] playwright, Mamet on a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations forThe Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). Mamet’s books include:The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and antisemitism; and Bambi vs. Godzilla, a commentary on the movie business. [Less]