Neil Leslie Diamond is born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose and Akeeba (Kieve) Diamond, children of Jewish immigrants. Neil’s maternal grandparents were Abraham and Molly Rapaport, who emigrated from Russia. His paternal grandparents were Abram and Sadie Diamond, who emigrated from Poland. Kieve was a shopkeeper who operated several businesses in various Brooklyn locations. Neil’s Astrological Chart contributed by IAIS member “S”
The Diamond family moves to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where Kieve is stationed in the United States Army.
Kieve opens Diamond’s Dry Goods in Flatbush.
Neil enters Erasmus Hall High School, where his activities include Mixed Chorus.
Neil writes his first song, “Hear Them Bells.”
Rose and Kieve move the Diamond family home and business to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach.
Neil enters Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, where his activities include membership in both the Choral Group and the Fencing Team.