Irving Berlin was a composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907 and had his first major international hit with "Alexander’s Ragtime Band" in 1911.
"God Bless America" is a patrioticsong written by Irving Berlin in 1918. He revised it in 1938 and it was then recorded by Kate Smith, becoming her signature song.
Hollywood film industry leaders gathered in a hotel ballroom to organize the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization composed of over 6,000 motion picture professionals dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. It is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, informally known as the "Oscars".