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1898 Lily Pons (French Coloratura Soprano) French Performing Artists Opera
1908 Lionel Hampton (Kentucky-born African-American Vibes Musician) Lionel Hampton Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1940 Herbie Hancock (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Pianist) Illinois Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists Biography.com African American Registry
1950 David Cassidy (New York-born Performing Artist) New York Performing Artists Actors Popular Musicians Television Internet Movie Database
1957 Vince Gill (Oklahoma-born Country Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist) Oklahoma Performing Artists Country Musucian Biography.com
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1975 Josephine Baker (Missouri-born African-American Singer) Missouri Performing Artists Popular Musicians Dance African-American Performing Artists
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1877 The American Premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "Don Carlos" Is Performed in New York City Verdi New York City Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1939 Woody Herman's Orchestra Records "Woodchopper's Ball" Popular Music WWOZ
1954 Bill Haley and the Comets Record "Rock Around the Clock" Popular Music History Channel
1961 Ray Charles Receives Grammy for Best Performance by a Pop Single Artist for "Georgia on My Mind" Ray Charles Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Grammy Awards University of Georgia

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