Al Jolson's date of birth has been the
subject of debate for decades. It was
long thought there were no birth records
for him, so verifying a date was considered
impossible. Both birth and military records
have recently been discovered, and confirm
his birth took place in May of 1886.
March 23, March 26, May 23, and May 26 have
all erroneously been reported as his birth
date. Those newly uncovered birth records
appear below, and show May 28, 1886 (O.S.),
as his date of birth. Visit our biography of
Al Jolson for more information on this
NOTE: His May 28th date of birth is Old Style (O.S.),
since the Julian calendar was still in use locally.
This date is June 9 (N.S.), 1886, on the
New Style (N.S.) or Gregorian calendar.
Al Jolson's birth records appear courtesy of Jack Martin