1905 – Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 2nd of March to Jewish parents.
1931 – He also composed music for film "Surf and Seaweed" by Ralph Steiner.
1937 – Wrote and composed operetta "The Cradle Will Rock", whose premiere was directed by Orson Welles.
– The dramatic premiere of the pro-union The Cradle Will Rock was at the Venice Theater on the 16th of June.
– Composed the music for the documentary "The Spanish Earth".
1951 – Subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
– He admitted having been a member of the Communist Party.
1964 – Robbed and beaten in Fort-de-France, Martinique by three Portuguese sailors after a sexual encounter.
– Died in automobile accident, on the 22nd of January.