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1571 Michael Praetorius (German Composer) German Composers Composers
1797 Henry Engelhard Steinway (German-American Founder of Steinway Pianos) Germany Business Leaders Piano Steinway Pianos
1901 James "Kokomo" Arnold (Georgia-born Blues Musician) Georgia Performing Artists Blues and Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1905 Harold Arlen (New York-born Composer: Somewhere Over the Rainbow) Harold Arlen American Composers Wizard of Oz
1947 John Adams (Massachusetts-born Composer) Massachusetts Composers American Composers
1949 Christopher Rouse (Maryland-born Composer) Maryland Composers American Composers
1950 Peter Gabriel (English Popular Musician, Songwriter) Peter Gabriel Popular Musicians
1951 Melissa Manchester (New York City-born Singer) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1943 Thomas "Fats" Waller (New York-born African-American Jazz Pianist) Fats Waller Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1965 Nat "King" Cole (Alabama born African-American Jazz Pianist, Popular Singer)  Nat King Cole Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1984 Ethel Merman (New York-born Singer, Actress) New York Performing Artists Actors Popular Musicians Internet Broadway Database
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1934 Ella Fitzgerald Is "Discovered" While Performing at Harlem's Apollo Theater New York City Ella Fitzgerald Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Virginia Historical Society
1940 American Music Center, a Library and Information Center for American Composers, Is Founded in New York City New York City American Composers Library/Reference Resources American Music Center American Public Media

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