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1911 Denis Parsons Burkitt (Irish-born English Surgeon Who Discovered That Viruses Can Cause Cancer in Humans) Northern Ireland Scientists & Mathematicians Cancer
Sports Figures
1931 Dean Smith (Kansas-born Coach, Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Kansas Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame
1940 Mario Andretti (Italian-American Race Car Driver) Italy Automobile Racing
1956 Adrian Dantley (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Washington, D.C. Basketball Famous African Americans
1973 Eric Lindros (Canadian Ice Hockey Player) Eric Lindros Ice Hockey
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1953 Jim Thorpe (Oklahoma-born Native American Member of the Track & Field Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame) Jim Thorpe Native Americans Baseball Track and Field Hall of Fame College Football Hall of Fame The Olympic Games
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1873 Gerhard Hansen Discovers the Bacterium That Causes Leprosy Norwegian Scientists and Mathematicians Leprosy Bacterial Infections IntelliHealth
1969 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 13 in Portugal and Morocco Portugal Morocco Earthquake Death USGS
1977 Earvin "Magic" Johnson Scores 27 Pts in Michigan's First Televised High School Basketball Game Michigan Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Television Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1997 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 965 in Armenia-Azerbaijan-Iran Border Region Armenia Azerbaijan Iran Earthquake Death USGS

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