Profession: Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
Why Famous: Wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals, and also published more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including the standards "You're a Grand Old Flag", "The Yankee Doodle Boy", "Over There", and "Give My Regards to Broadway".
- 1904-11-07 Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones" written by George M. Cohan, featuring the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy" opens in New York
- 1936-06-29 George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)
- 1942-05-29 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)