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Mahmud I, called the Hunchback, was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1730 to 1754. After internal… [More] insurrections, a remainder of Mahmud I’s reign was dominated by wars with Persia, Austria and Russia. Mahmud I entrusted government to his viziers and spent much of his time composing poetry. He died at Topkapı Palace, Constantinople. [Less]
1892: Jack Warner
Born Jacob Warner in Canada, Warner was a Jewish-American film executive who was the president and driving… [More] force behind the Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood. Among other claims to fame Warner Brothers produced “The Jazz Singer,” the first “talking” motion picture. Some of his stars included Bette Davis, James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. His career spanned some 45 years, its duration surpassing that of any other of the seminal Hollywood studio moguls. [Less]
1923: Shimon Peres
Peres is the ninth and current President of the State of Israel. He also served twice as prime minister… [More] of Israel and has been a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. He also held several diplomatic and military positions during and directly after Israel’s War of Independence. In fact, during his career, he has represented five political parties in the Knesset: Mapai, Rafi, the Alignment, Labor Party, and Kadima, and has led Alignment and the Labor Party. Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for the creation of the Oslo Accords. (There exists some speculation regarding Peres’s birthdate, but August 2 is widely considered to be true.) [Less]