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Born Jacob Kurtzberg in New York City, Kirby was a Jewish-American comic book artist, writer and editor… [More] — regarded as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium. He and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. In he 1960s, he and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of Marvel’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. [Less]
1945: Robert Greenwald
Greenwald is a Jewish-American film director, film producer, and political activist. His career began… [More] in the 1970s and 1980s directing television and motion pictures, perhaps most notably the big-budget musical” Xanadu.” In 1977, he received his first of three Emmy Award nominations for producing the television movie “21 Hours at Munich” about the massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. [Less]
1986: Gilad Shalit
Shalit was an IDF soldier who was kidnapped from Israel by Palestinian terrorists — including Hamas,… [More] the Popular Resistance Committees, and the Army of Islam — from Gaza in a cross-border raid via underground tunnels on June 25, 2006. He was held in Gaza for more than five years without any humanitarian visits from the International Red Cross, until his release on 18 October 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange deal — in which Israel released over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, some with blood on their hands, for Shalit. [Less]