Alan Jay Lerner, 1918 – 1986

August 31, 1918: Birthdate of Alan Jay Lerner, American librettist and lyricist for stage and screen. Lerner was yet another of a myriad of Jews who created and refined that most original American art form – the Broadway musical. One of his most famous contributions was “My Fair Lady.” He passed away in 1986.  (from “This Day … In Jewish History” by Mitchell Levin)

Lerner and Loewe were the team of Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe (1901-1988), known primarily for the music and lyrics of some of Broadway’s most successful musical shows, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Brigadoon.  (Wikipedia)

In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 33-cent stamp commemorating Lerner and Loewe (Scott No. 3346):

Lerner & Loewe - USA-3346 1999


Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836 -1900

August 11, 1900: The Father of Modern Chess, Wilhelm Steinitz, passed away. Born in the Jewish Ghetto in Prague, in 1836, Steinitz began his professional career as a journalist. He won his first major chess tournament in Vienna in 1861. This marked the beginning of his domination of the game that would continue almost up to the time of his death.

Shown below is a stamp issued by Cuba in 1976 honoring Steinitz: