On This Day

George M. Cohan

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan

Profession: Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer

United States of America

Why Famous: Wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals.

Cohan 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".

Born: July 3, 1878
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: November 5, 1942 (aged 64)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 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)
  • 1968-04-10 Musical "George M!", based on the life of Broadway star George M. Cohan, opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances