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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht, a writer of wide-ranging accomplishments and great fame and influence who became especially active in American Zionist efforts to save Jews from the Holocaust, died at 70 on this date in 1964. Hecht’s screenplays included The Front Page (1931), Scarface (1932), Gunga Din (1939), Angels Over Broadway (which he also directed, in 1940), […]

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January 18: The Champ

Boxing champion Barney Ross (Dov-Ber Rasofsky), who fought for nine years with a record of 74 wins and four losses and won  belts in three weight divisions, died on this date in 1967 at 57. Ross turned to boxing when his father, a talmudic scholar and rabbi, was shot dead in a holdup of his […]

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