This Day in Jewish History 1886: 'The World's Greatest Entertainer' Is Born

Al Jolson was one of the most popular American entertainers of the earlier 20th century, and the son of a rabbi and cantor was also a proud Jew.

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May 26, 1886, is the date on which Al Jolson – one of the most popular American entertainers of the first half of the 20 th century, and the first to openly identify as a Jew – celebrated his birthday.