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1865 Jean Sibelius (Finnish Composer) Jean Sibelius Composers
1928 Jimmy Smith (Pennsylvania-born African-American Musician, Songwriter) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Musicians American Composers Notable African Americans African American Registry
1943 Jim Morrison (Florida-born Popular Musician of "The Doors" Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Jim Morrison Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1947 Gregg Allman (Tennessee-born Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Tennessee Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Official Website Internet Movie Database
1966 Sinéad O'Connor (Irish Popular Musician) Irish Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1980 John Lennon (English Popular Musician, Songwriter Member of the Beatles) John Lennon The Beatles Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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1743 Georg Frederick Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum and Anthem" Is First Performed in London London, England Georg Frederick Handel Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1813 Ludwig van Beethoven Conducts the First Performance of His Symphony No. 7 in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1849 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera, "Luisa Miller," Is First Performed in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo Giuseppe Verdi Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1931 George Gershwin's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical, "Of Thee I Sing," Premieres in Boston Boston, Massachusetts George Gershwin Composers Stage & Theater Historic Firsts 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama American Public Media
1980 John Lennon Is Shot and Killed in New York City by a Deranged Fan John Lennon New York City The Beatles History Channel BBC
1995 The Grateful Dead Announces It Is Breaking Up Popular Musicians New York Times

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