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1864 Flora Batson (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Concert Singer) Washington, D.C. Performing Artists Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1918 Carol Brice (North Carolina-born African-American Contralto Concert Singer) North Carolina Performing Artists Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1919 Merce Cunningham (Washington-born Dancer, Choreographer) Washington Performing Artists Dance Biography.com
1924 Henry Mancini (Ohio-born Composer, Conductor) Ohio Performing Artists American Composers Popular Music Film Biography.com
1929 Roy Hamilton (Georgia-born Popular Singer) Georgia Performing Artists Popular Music Internet Movie Database
Edie Adams (Pennsylvania-born Singer, Actress) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Music Internet Movie Database
Ed Townsend (Tennessee-born African-American Lyricist, Songwriter, Producer) Tennessee Composers. Songwriters American Composers, Songwriters African-American Composers, Songwriters Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1930 Herbie Mann (New York City-born Composer, Songwriter) New York City Performing Artists American Composers, Songwriters Popular Music Internet Movie Database
1935 Bobby Vinton (Pennsylvania-born Popular Singer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Music Internet Movie Database
1939 Dusty Springfield (English Popular Singer) English Performing Artists Popular Music Internet Movie Database
1971 Selena Quintanilla Pérez (Texas-born Latin-American Popular Singer) Selena Quintanilla Pérez Popular Musicians Latin American Performing Artists
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1888 The American Premiere of Verdi's Opera "Otello" Is Performed at the Academy of Music in New York City Verdi New York City Classical Music Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1920 The American Premiere of Debussy's "Fantasie" Is First Performed by the Boston Symphony Claude Debussy Boston Symphony Classical Music Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media

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