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DECEMBER 31

1869 Jule Styne (English-American Songwriter) English Composers Composers American Musicals
1903 Nathan Milstein (Russian-American Violinist) Russian Performing Artists Classical Musicians
1909 Jonah Jones (Kentucky-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Kentucky Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Odetta (Alabama-born African-American Folk Musician) Odetta Folk Musicians African-American Performing Artists
1943 John Denver (New Mexico-born Popular Singer, Songwriter) John Denver Popular Musicians History Channel
1948 Donna Summer (Massachusetts-born African-American Singer) Massachusetts Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-Amrican Performing Artists Biography
1962 Jennifer Higdon (New York-born Composer) New York City Composers American Comoposers
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1724 J.S. Bach's "Sacred Cantata No. 122" Is Performed As Bach's Second Annual Sacred Cantata Cycle in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Religious Music Christmas Music American Public Media
1961 The Beach Boys First Public Performance Is at a Long Beach Municipal Auditorium New Year's Eve Event California Performing Artists Popular Musicians Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia

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