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Gold was an Austrian-born astrophysicist. His work crossed academic and scientific boundaries… [More] into biophysics, astronomy, aerospace engineering, and geophysics. He was a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in London. He was one of three young Cambridge scientists in the 1950s who proposed the now mostly-abandoned steady state hypothesis of the universe. Gold was born Max Gold, a wealthy Jewish industrialist (pre-World War II) who ran one of Austria’s largest mining and metal fabrication company, and a German actress Josefine Martin. [Less]
1922: Quinn Martin
Martin, born Irwin Martin Cohn, was an extremely successful American television producer. He had at least… [More] one television series running in prime time for 21 straight years (between 1959 and 1980), an industry record. His famous shows included “The Fugitive,” “Twelve O’Clock High,” “The F.B.I.,” “The Invaders,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” and “Barnaby Jones.” [Less]
1930: Harvey Milk
Milk was a Jewish-American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in… [More] California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk joined the Navy during the Korean War; he served aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer. After he moved from New York City to San Francisco, he became open about his homosexuality became involved in civic matters when he was 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s. Gus Van Sant’s movie, “Milk,” featuring Sean Penn, is based on his life. [Less]