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Vuitton was the founder of the renowned Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods — now owned by… [More] LVMH. Prior to this, he had been appointed as trunk-maker to Empress Eugénie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon. The Louis Vuitton label was founded by Vuitton in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris. In 1858, Vuitton introduced his flat-bottom trunks with trianon canvas, making them lightweight and airtight. Members of the Vuitton family allegedly aided Marshal Philippe Petain’s Vichy regime in France and profited from business affairs with Nazi Germany. [Less]
1912: Raoul Wallenberg
Wallenberg was a Swedish businessman, diplomat, and humanitarian who is widely known for his courage in… [More] saving tens of thousands of Jews from Hungary during the Holocaust. While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory saving tens of thousands of lives. For his bravery he has been honored by various countries and is remembered as a hero of the Jewish people. [Less]
1912: David Raksin
Raksin was a Jewish-American composer who was renowned for his work in film and television. With over 100 film… [More] scores and 300 television scores to his credit, he became known as the “Grandfather of Film Music.” Many of the films were famous in their day and are considered film classics today. Raksin was caught up in the anti-Communist “Red Witch Hunt” of the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was not blacklisted, however, because he collaborated with federal investigators by providing them with names of other individuals. [Less]