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1889 G. Donald Harrison (British-born American Organ Designer and Builder) British Composers and Classical Musicians Organs
1899 Randall Thompson (New York City-born Composer of Choral Music) New York City Composers and Classical Musicians Religion
1911 Leonard Warren (New York City-born Operatic Baritone) New York City Composers and Classical Musicians Opera
1924 Clara Mae Ward (Pennsylvania-born African-American Gospel Singer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Gospel Musicians Religion African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1933 Easley Blackwood (Indianapolis-born Classical Pianist, Composer) Indiana Composers and Classical Musicians Classical Musicians American Composers
1949 Patti LuPone (New York-born Tony Award-Winning Singer, Actress) Patti LuPone Stage & Theater American Musicals Tony Awards
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2003 Nina Simone (North Carolina-born African-American Jazz Vocalist, Pianist) Nina Simone Jazz African American Performing Artists
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1829 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn Arrives in London for His First Visit London Felix Mendelssohn Composers American Public Media
1939 Leonard Bernstein Makes His First Appearance as a Conductor, Leading His Own Incidental Score to "The Birds" at Harvard Leonard Bernstein Classical Music Historic Firsts Harvard University American Public Media
1940 French Soprano Lily Pons Gives a Concert As Her Husband, Andre Kostelanetz, Conducts the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra French Performing Artists Minneapolis, Minnesota Opera Minnesota Historical Society
1956 "Heartbreak Hotel" Reaches the Top of the Charts As Elvis Presley's First #1 Hit Elvis Presley Popular Music Historic Firsts History Channel
1977 The Musical Annie Opens on Broadway New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database

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