This Day in Jewish History 1928: Vidal Sassoon Is Born, Will Survive War and Become Huge Stylist

Having survived seven years in a London orphanage and serving in the Palmach during the Israeli War of Independence, he later cut a swath as a swaggering stylist.

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January 17, 1928, is the birthdate of Vidal Sassoon, who, frustrated in his dream to become a designer of buildings, instead became an “architect” of hair – perhaps the world’s best-known hairdresser in the...