These days in Jewish history

Every once in a while, I get to do the fun job of writing my newspaper’s This Day in Jewish History column because the regular writer goes on holiday. So far this month, I have written two: One about Ephraim Kishon (it was his birthday on 23rd August, if you didn’t know), and the other about Herzl’s “Uganda Plan” (proposed by the Zionist leader at the Sixth Zionist Congress on 26th August, and actually related to territory in today’s Kenya, not Uganda). It’s amazing how, when you keep digging around, you can always find stories worth being retold.

Update: A few more weeks passed and I wrote my last few of these. These were favourite of the bunch. 2nd September was the date Ayn Rand started writing “Atlas Shrugged.” 6th September was the day that the guy who wrote Bambi (and didn’t make a penny from the film)   was born. And last, but certainly not least, 9th September was the day that Jack Warner, one of the Warner Bros., died. For him, here is the trailer for one of the most enduring classics he made, “Casablanca.”

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