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1859 Victor Herbert (Irish-American Classical Musician, Composer of Light Opera) Victor Herbert Composers
1891 James Johnson (New Jersey-born African-American Jazz Musician) James P. Johnson Jazz Musicians African American Peforming Artists
1906 Loretta Sell Hildegarde (Wisconsin-born Popular Singer) Wisconsin Peforming Artists Popular Musicians Wisconsin Historical Society
1937 Don Everly (Kentucky-born Popular Musician) Kentucky Peforming Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1948 Rick James (New York-born African-American Popular Musician) New York Performing Artists Popular Muscians African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
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1971 William John Marsh (English-born Composer of the Texas State Song: "Texas, Our Texas") English Composers Texas Composers Composers Texas State Historical Association
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1862 Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" Is First Published Julia Ward Howe American Civil War Music Concordia
1896 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" Premieres in Turin, Italy Giacomo Puccini Opera New York Times
1929 The Broadway Melody, Hollywood's First Original Musical, Premieres Film History Channel Internet Movie Database Historic Firsts
1958 Elvis Presley Records His Last Single Before Joining the Army Elvis Presley Popular Music History Channel
1996 George Walker's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Lilacs" for Voice and Orchestra Is First Performed by Soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony Boston Symphony Washington, D.C. Composers American Composers Historic Firsts African-American Composers 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music American Public Media

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