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1802 Mercy Jackson (Massachusetts-born Physician) Massachusetts Scientists and Mathematicians Female Scientists & Mathematicians Health Professions
1922 Antonio Agostinho Neto (Physician, Poet, First President of Angola) Angolan Political and Social Leaders Medical Professions Poetry
Sports Figures
1879 Andrew "Rube" Foster (Texas-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Rube Foster Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1929 Stirling Moss (English Grand Prix Racing Driver)  English Sports Figures  Auto Racing Historic UK
1934 Maureen Connolly (California-born Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame)  Maureen Connolly Tennis Hall of Fame
1937 Orlando Cepeda (Puerto Rican Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Orlando Cepeda Baseball Hall of Fame Latin American Sports Figures
1945 Phil Jackson (Montana-born Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Montana Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1920 The American Professional Football Association, Precursor of the National Football League, Is Formed in Canton, Ohio Canton, Ohio Football National Football League New York Times
1932 England's Malcolm Campbell Sets Land Speed Record: 76.27 mph British Sports Figures Auto Racing Historic Firsts History Channel
1956 England's Norman Buckley Breaks the World Water Speed Record (79 mph) English Explorers and Pioneers Naval History Historic Firsts BBC
1961 The Minnesota Vikings Football Team Plays Its First Game, Beating the Chicago Bears 37-13 Minnesota Football NFL Historic Firsts Minnesota Historicla Association
1967 The New Orleans Saints Play Their First NFL Game, Losing to the Los Angeles Rams 27-13 New Orleans, Louisiana Football New Orleans Saints Historic Firsts Louisiana  Secretary of State
1983 In South Africa, 68 Mine Workers Are Killed in an Underground Methane Gas Explosion South Africa Labor Methane Death South African History
1994 Heather Whitestone of Alabama Is First Deaf Woman Crowned Miss America Alabama Deafness Historic Firsts Heather Whitestone New York Times

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