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Garibaldi was one of a triumvirate of Italian patriots who freed the peninsula from foreign rule and… [More] created the modern nation of Italy. They were known as “the fathers of the fatherland” in Italian. Garibaldi was a revolutionary and a guerilla fighter. His belief in equality extended to religion, and he made no distinction between the rights of Christians and the rights of Jews. Numerous Jews served in his military unit known as “The Thousands,” which liberated southern Italy and Sicily. [Less]
1883: Rube Goldberg
Goldberg was a Jewish-American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best… [More] known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. These devices are now known as Rube Goldberg machines. He is also the inspiration for various international competitions, known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, which challenge participants to make a complex machine that performs a simple task. [Less]
1943: Geraldo Rivera
Rivera is an American talk show host as well as an attorney, journalist, author, and reporter. He hosts the… [More] newsmagazine program “Geraldo at Large” and appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He is also a columnist for FOXNewsLatino.com. Rivera was also formerly a host of ABC’s “Good Night America.” He was born in Brooklyn to a Russian Jewish mother and a Puerto Rican father, and was raised Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah. [Less]