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1884 Charles Tomlinson Griffes (New York-born Composer) Charles Tomlinson Griffes American Composers
1904 Frederick Ashton (English Choreographer, Director of the Royal Ballet) English Performing Artists Ballet Royal Ballet
1908 David Oistrakh (Russian Violin Virtuoso) Russian Performing Artists Classical Musicians
1923 Hank Williams (Alabama-born County Musician; Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Hank Willians Country & Western Musicians Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1926 Jack McDuff (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Organist) Illinois Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1966 Fritz Wunderlich (German Tenor) German Performing Artists Opera
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1872 The American Premiere of Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" Is Performed at New York City's Central Park Richard Wagner New York City's Central Park Composers Historic First American Public Media
1957 Louis Armstrong Cancels Goodwill Trip to Russia Due to U.S. Racial Unrest Louis Armstrong Soviet Union American Civil Rights African-American History History Channel
1965 The Smothers Brothers Premiere on CBS Television Popular Music CBS Smothers Brothers History Channel
1994 In Greenville, Mississippi, the U.S. Postal Service Releases a Stamp Honoring Georgia's "Ma" Rainey Greenville, Mississippi Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists U.S. Postal Service University of Georgia

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