Tag Archives: American Jews

quotation: P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)


Her pupils were at once her salvation and her despair. They gave her the means of supporting life, but they made life hardly worth supporting.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) Discuss

today’s birthday: Rodney Dangerfield (1921)


Rodney Dangerfield (1921)

Best known for his trademark line, “I don’t get no respect,” Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor who appeared in a slew of movies, including Caddyshack, Easy Money, and Back To School, and even won a Grammy Award for his comedy album No Respect. His Manhattan comedy club, Dangerfield’s, remains in operation to this day and has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy. A funnyman even in death, Dangerfield has what inscribed on his headstone? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Leo Frank Lynched (1915)


Leo Frank Lynched (1915)

Frank was a Jewish-American factory manager accused of murdering his employee, 13-year-old Mary Phagan, in 1913. Frank was convicted, but when Governor John M. Slaton examined evidence that had not been presented at the trial, he commuted Frank’s death sentence. In the public outrage that followed, a group with ties to the Ku Klux Klan kidnapped and lynched Frank. The highly publicized ordeal turned the spotlight on anti-Semitism in the US. Frank’s trial led to the founding of what organization? More… Discuss