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MAY 1

1895 Leo Sowerby (Michigan-born Organist, Composer) Michigan Composers Organs American Composers
1909 Kate Smith (Virginia-born Singer and Radio Celebrity; First Person to Publicly Sing "God Bless America") Kate Smith Popular Musicians Radio
1924 Mabel "Big Maybelle" Smith (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Singer) Tennessee Performing Artists Jazz Vocalist African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Little Walter (Louisiana-born African-American Blues Singer and Harmonica Player) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz and Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1934 Shirley Horn (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Jazz Pianist and Singer) Washington, D.C. Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1939 Judy Collins (Washington-born Folk Singer) Washington Performing Artists Folk Musicians Biography.com
1945 Rita Coolidge (Tennessee-born Popular Singer) Tennessee Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1967 Tim McGraw (Louisiana-born Country Singer) Tim McGraw Country and Western Musicians
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1904 Antonin Dvorák (Czech Composer) Antonin Dvorák Composers
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1786 Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Premiers at Vienna's Old Burgtheater Wolfgang Mozart Classical Composers Opera New York Times American Public Media
1940 Opera Singer Eleanor Steber Performs in Her Hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling, West Virginia Opera West Virginia Archives

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