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1749 Edward Jenner (English Physician Who Developed a Vaccine for Smallpox) Edward Jenner Small Pox
1838 James Liege Hulett (English-born South African Sugar Magnate) English Business Leaders Foods and Nutrition Tongaat-Hulett Sugar Limited South African History
1893 Fred Jones (Kentucky-born African-American Inventor; Best Know for Refrigeration Techniques and Frozen Food) Kentucky Scientists and Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Foods and Nutrition African-American Scientists and Inventors African American Registry
1939 Gary Paulsen (Minnesota-born Children's Author) Gary Paulsen Young-adult Authors
Sports Figures
1903 James "Cool Papa" Bell (Mississippi-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) James Cool Papa Bell Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1909 Karl Schafer (Austrian Ice Skater; 1932 and 1936 Olympic Champion) Austrian Sports Figures Figure Skating Olympic Games
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard (North Carolina-born African-American Member of International Boxing Hall of Fame) North Carolina Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1972 Mia Hamm (Alabama-born Olympic Soccer Player) Mia Hamm Soccer The Olympic Games
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1875 African-American Jockey Wins the First Kentucky Derby Aboard Aristides The Kentucky Derby Historic Firsts Library of Congress African American Registry
1924 First Giant Dipper Roller Coaster Opens in Santa Cruz, California California Roller Coasters Historic Firsts Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
1928 The Australian Aerial Medical Service Begins with K. St. Vincent Welch as the Flying Doctor Australia Medical Professionals Aviation History Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Concordia
1970 Hank Aaron Is the First Player in Major League Baseball to Have 3,000 Hits and 500 Home Runs Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1976 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 6, Leaves 10,000 Homeless in Uzbekistan and Surrounding Countries Uzbekistan Earthquakes Death USGS
1994 Al Unser, Sr. Announces His Retirement from Professional Auto Racing New Mexico Sports Figures Auto Racing The History Channel

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