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1813 James McCune Smith (New York City-born Doctor; First African American to Practice Medicine with a Medical Degree) New York City Scientists and Mathematicians Medicine African-American Scientists and Mathematicians African-American Registry
1905 George Herbert Hitchings (Washington-born 1988 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) George Herbert Hitchings Medical Research 1988 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
1940 Ed Garvey (Wisconsin-born Labor Leader for the Major League Baseball Players Union) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Labor Baseball
Sports Figures
1942 Pete Gogolak (Hungarian-American Professional Football Player) Hungarian Sports Figures Football Buffalo Bills
1948 Nate Archibald (New York City-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) New York City Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1949 Geoff Bodine (New York-born Auto Racer) New York Sports Figures NASCAR
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1880 Tornadoes Kill 151 People in Missouri, 99 in the Town of Marshfield Marshfield, Missouri Tornadoes Death History Channel
1906 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Levels San Francisco: 3,000+ Die 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Earthquake Death The History Channel Writer's Almanac USGS
1922 Jack Johnson, the First African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Patents a Wrench Texas Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame Inventors & Inventions African-American Scientists and Inventors Technology and Society African-American Registry
1923 Yankee Stadium Opens in New York City New York City Baseball New York Yankees New York Times Writer's Almanac
1925 San Francisco's Chinese Hospital Is Founded San Francisco Health Care Chinese Hospital New York Times Writer's Almanac
1947 Jackie Robinson Hits His First Major League Home Run Off New York Giants' Dave Koslo Jackie Robinson Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures University of Georgia
1966 Bill Russell Named as the First African-American Coach in the NBA Bill Russell Basketball Hallf of Fame African American Sports Figures Historic Firsts African-American Registry
1985 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 23, Injures 300 in China's Yunnan Province China Earthquake Death USGS
1993 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 6 in Peru Peru Earthquake Death USGS

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