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King Philip II was the last King of the Franks from 1180 to 1190, and the first King of France from 1190 until… [More] his death. He was the king who imprisoned his Jewish subjects — and then extorted ransom from them before banning them from Paris. [Less]
1905: Isadore ‘Friz’ Freleng
Freleng was a Jewish-American animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on… [More] the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. He introduced and/or developed several of the studio’s biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam, and Speedy Gonzales. As the senior director at Warners’ Termite Terrace studio, Freleng directed more cartoons than any other director in the studio (a total of 266). He is also the winner of four Academy Awards. [Less]
1973: Sergey Brin
Born in Moscow to Jewish parents, Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur… [More] who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google. At Stanford University (where they attended graduate studies), Brin and Page crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin’s data mining system to build a superior search engine. The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage. As of 2012, Brin’s personal wealth is estimated to be $18.7 billion. [Less]