RABBI JOSEPH’S FUNERAL WAS RIOTED
On July 30th, 1902: Anti-Jewish bigots rioted the funeral of a beloved Jewish spiritual leader, Rabbi Jacob Joseph, who had died two days earlier. Joseph served as Chief Rabbi of New York City’s Association of American Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, a federation of Eastern European Jewish synagogues. In Volozhin–the Russian town where he studied–he was known as “Rev Yaakov Charif” (Rabbi Jacob Sharp) because of his “sharp mind.” In commemoration of the famed preacher, Staten Island’s Rabbi Jacob Joseph School named its institution after him. The rabbi’s funeral was one of the largest in New York’s history, attended by more than 50,000 Jews. Unfortunately, the public disturbance it ignited caused a number of people to be injured.
THE GIANTS BROKE AN OBNOXIOUS STREAK
On July 30th, 1947: The New York Giants (of baseball) beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 after a contentious two-and-a-half-hour game, thereby breaking the Reds’ 16-game win streak.
BORN ON THIS DAY: FRANK STALLONE
On July 30th, 1950: Actor, singer, guitarist, (and little bro of Sylvester) Frank Stallone, Jr. was born. Stallone has worked as a singer in the great tradition of American big band jazz and popular music, in a vocal style similar to that of his idol, Frank Sinatra. Little Stallone is most known for his song “Far From Over,” which he wrote and performed for the 1983 hit film Staying Alive. The song was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Grammy.
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