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Cardozo was a well-known American lawyer and Supreme Court Justice (from 1932 until his death in 1938).… [More] He is remembered for his significant influence on the development of American common law in the 20th century, in addition to his modesty, philosophy, and vivid prose style. The majority of his landmark decisions were delivered during his eighteen-year tenure on the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court of that state. Born in New York City, Cardozo family tradition held that their ancestors were Marranos (Jews originally from the Iberian peninsula), from Portugal. [Less]
1891: William F. Albright
Albright was an American archaeologist, biblical scholar, philologist and expert on ceramics.… [More] From the early twentieth century until his death, he was the dean of biblical archaeologists and was universally regarded as the founder of the Biblical archaeology movement. He was the Director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. He also did important excavation work at Gibeah (Tell el-Ful), outside Jerusalem, and Tell Beit Mirsim, west of the Jordan River — two important archaeological sites in Israel. Although Albright is not Jewish, his contribution to Israel and its sense of history cannot be underestimated. [Less]
1941: Bob Dylan
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Dylan is a Jewish-American singer-songwriter, musician and artist. His most classic… [More] works are associated with American folk music. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s — when he became a chronicler and figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan’s early songs, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'”, became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the culture of folk music behind, Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” has been described as radically altering the parameters of popular music in 1965. He changed his name, citing the effect the poet Dylan Thomas had on him. [Less]