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1729 Gaetano Vestris (French Ballet Dancer) French Performing Artists Ballet
1882 Leopold Stokowski (English Conductor, Composer) Leopold Stokowski Composers
1906 Eurreal "Lil Brother" Montgomery (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Pianist and Vocalist ) Louisiana Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists African-American Registry
1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Musician) Clarence Gatemouth Brown Jazz Musician Famous African Americans
1934 George Shirley (Indianapolis-born Tenor: First African-American Tenor Placed under Contract by the Metropolitan Opera) Indianapolis Performing Artists Opera African-American Performing Artists African-American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1905 Enoch Sontonga (South African Writer, Composer of the National Anthem Nkosi Sikelel I Africa) South African Writers Authors Composers South African History
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1970 The Musical Hair Is First Performed in Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Plays Popular Music History Link
1976 In New York City, A Chorus Line Sweeps the Tony Awards for Best Musical and 7 More Categories New York City Stage & Theater American Musicals Tony Awards Theatre History
1994 Beauty and the Beast Premieres at the Palace Theatre, New York New York City Stage & Theater American Musicals Internet Broadway Database Theatre History

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