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Sports Figures
1877 Malcolm Whitman (New York City-born Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) New York City Sports Figures >International Tennis Hall of Fame
1902 Henri Saint Cyr (Swedish Olympic Equestrian) Swedish Sports Figures Horses Olympic Games
1926 Norm Van Brocklin (South Dakota-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) South Dakota Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1946 Bobby Bonds (California-born African-American Professional Baseball Player) California Sports Figures Baseball African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1956 Clay Matthews (California-born Professional Football Player) California Sports Figures Football
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1990 Tom Harmon (Indiana-born Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Indiana Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame 1940 Heisman Trophy Winner
1998 Benjamin Spock (Connecticut Pediatrician) Benjamin Spock Medicine Child Advocacy
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1855 Louisiana Governor Paul Octave Hebert Authorizes the First State Health Board Louisiana Government Health Care Historic Firsts IntelliHealth
1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, Baseball's First Professional Team, Plays Its First Game Cincinnati, Ohio Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts New York Times
1887 Michigan Appoints First Salaried Game & Fish Warden: William Allen Smith of Grand Rapids Michigan Government Hunting & Fishing Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1937 First Blood Bank Established at Cook County Hospital, Chicago Chicago Health Care Blood Historic Firsts Cook County Hospital
The State of Washington Outlaws Dance Marathons Washington Government Dance Law and Legal Resources History Link
1941 An Unexpected Blizzard Hits North Dakota and Minnesota, Killing 151 People Minnesota North Dakota Snow Death The History Channel
1965 TGIFriday's First Restaurant Opens in New York City New York City Foods & Nutrition Business & Economics TGIFridays Arbor Food Restaurant
1983 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills One in Honshu, Japan Japan Earthquake Death USGS
1997 North Carolina Basketball Coach, Dean Smith, Record His 877th Win, an NCAA Record North Carolina Sports Figures Kansas Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame North Carolina Basketball New York Times
1999 Maurice Ashley Is the First African-American Grandmaster Jamaican Sports Figures Chess African-American Sports Figures New York Times African American Registry

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