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1710 Thomas Arne (English Composer Who Wrote Rule Britannia) English Composers Composers
1888 Hall Johnson (Georgia-born African-American Choral Director) Georgia Performing Artists Music African-American Performing Artists Internet Broadway Database University of Georgia
1890 Vaslav Nijinsky (Ukrainian Ballet Dancer) Vaslav Nijinsky Ballet
1921 Ralph Shapey (Pennsylvania-born Composer) Pennsylvania Composers American Composers
Gordon MacRae (New Jersey-born Actor, Singer) New Jersey Performing Artist Popular Musicians Musical Theater Film Internet Movie Database
1927 Mstislav Rostropovich (Russian Composer) Russian Composers Composers
1940 Al Jarreau (Wisconsin-born African-American Popular Jazz Vocalist) Wisconsin Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists Biography.com
1948 James Taylor (Massachusetts-born Popular Singer) Massachusetts Performing Artists Folk Musicians Biography.com
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1955 Charlie Parker (Kansas-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Charlie Jazz African American Performing Artists
1985 Eugene Ormandy (Hungarian-American Symphonic Conductor) Hungary Composers
1999 Yehudi Menuhin (New York City-born Violinist) New York City Performing Artists Classical  Musicians BBC
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1968 Simon and Garfunkel Receive Grammy for Best Song with "Mrs. Robinson" from the Movie The Graduate Popular Music Film The Grammys History Channel
1969 Beatles Singer/Songwriter, Paul McCartney, Marries Linda Eastman in London Paul McCartney The Beatles BBC

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