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He was the King of the Franks from 1031 to his death in 1060. The reign of Henry I, like those of his… [More] predecessors, was marked by territorial struggles. In an early strategic move, Henry came to the rescue of his very young nephew-in-law, the newly appointed Duke William of Normandy (who would go on to become William the Conqueror), to suppress a revolt by William’s vassals. Henry I had three meetings with Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor during his reign. Henry I granted a charter to Jews which allowed freer settlement, as a possible way to increase revenues. [Less]
1925: Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg
Greenberg is an American business executive and former chairman and CEO of American International Group… [More] (AIG), which was the world’s 18th largest public company and its largest insurance and financial services corporation for a period. He is the son of Jewish candy store owner Jacob Greenberg. He previously served in the US Army in Europe during World War II, participating in the Liberation of Dachau and in the Korean War, rising to the rank of Captain; he is a recipient of the Bronze Star. [Less]
1939: Amos Oz
Born Amos Klausner, Oz is an Israeli writer, novelist, and journalist. He is also a professor of literature at… [More] Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheba. His famous book, ” A Tale of Love and Darkness,” has won many international awards. He is also an outspoken advocate of a two-state solution and progressive values. His mother, who had suffered from depression, committed suicide when he was 12 (which he explored in the book). Soon after, when he was 15, he became a Labor Zionist, left home, and joined kibbutz Hulda.There he was adopted by the Huldai family (whose firstborn son, Ron, now serves as mayor of Tel Aviv) and lived a full kibbutz life. He also changed his surname to Oz (“strength in Hebrew). He was born in Jerusalem. [Less]