January 25: The Neutron Bomb

Physicist Samuel T. Cohen, who sought to make nuclear weapons usable on the battlefield by creating the neutron bomb, which kills human beings with radiation while sparing buildings and other infrastructure, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1921. “I doubt whether the agony an irradiated soldier goes through in the process of dying […]

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March 5: Sol Hurok

Impresario Sol Hurok (Solomon Izrailevich Gurkov) died on this day in 1974 in New York City. His management company, “Sol Hurok Presents,” included among its artists Marian Anderson (for whom he arranged the famous Lincoln Memorial concert of 1939), Van Cliburn, Arthur Rubinstein, Isaac Stern, Isadora Duncan, Anna Pavlova, Andres Segovia, Katherine Dunham, Mary Wigman, […]

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