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JANUARY 22

1897 Rosa Ponselle (Connecticut-born Coloratura Soprano) Connecticut Performing Artists Opera
1904 George Balanchine (Russian-born American Choreographer) George Balanchines Ballet
1920 William Warfield (Arkansas-born African-American Actor, Singer) Arkansas Performing Artists American Musicals American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1921 Sylvia Rexach (Puerto Rican Popular Musician) Puerto Rican Performing Artists Popular Musicians Latin-American Studies
1923 Leslie Bassett (California-born Composer) California Composers American Composers
1924 James Louis ("J.J.") Johnson (Indiana-born African-American Jazz Composer, Trombonist) Indiana Performing Artists Jazz American Composers African-American Composers
1935 Sam Cooke (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Chicago Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Aritsts Biography.com African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1915 Anna B. Warner (New York-born Children's Author, Hymnist: "Jesus Loves Me") New York Authors & Illustrators Primary Authors Religion American Composers and Songwriters
1969 Judy Garland (Minnesota-born Singer, Actress: Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz) Judy Garland Actors The Wizard of Oz
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1859 Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in d, Op. 15 Is First Performed by the Hanover Court Orchestra with the Composer as the Soloist Johannes Brahms Classical Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1889 The Columbia Phonograph Company Is Formed to Lease Graphophones to Businesses Phonograph Business BBC American Public Media

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