This day in Jewish history / Sammy Davis Jr. dies
One of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century died on this day in 1990 at the age of 64.
On May 16, 1990, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. died, at the age of 64. Davis was a versatile singer, dancer and actor who achieved great stardom in mainstream American show business in an era when, as a black man, he was not permitted to stay in some of the hotels he performed in. He may also have been the most famous convert to Judaism of his era.