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Performing Artists
1884 Oscar Micheaux (Illinois-born: First African-American to Produce a Feature-Length Film) Illinois Performing Artists Filmmakers African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1929 Arthur Prysock (South Carolina-born African-American Jazz Vocalist) South Carolina Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists University of South Carolina African American Registry
1936 Roger Miller (Texas-born Country & Western Musician, Composer, Songwriter) Texas Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians Internet Movie Database Texas State Historical Association
1968 Cuba Gooding, Jr. (New York City-born African-American Actors Awarded the 1996 Academy Award for a Supporting Actor) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film African-American Performing Artists The Academy Awards Biography.com African American Registry
Sports Figures
1871 Tex Rickard (Missouri-born Prize-Fight Promoter) Tex Rickard Boxing
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1974 Tex Ritter (Texas-born Country & Western Musician) Texas Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians Internet Movie Database Texas State Historical Association
1990 Alan Hale Jr. (Los Angeles-born Actor: "The Skipper" on Gilligan's Island) Los Angeles Performing Artists American  Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database History Channel
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1900 Wisconsin's Fond du Lac's Company E Basketball Team Defeats Yale University 27-6 to Claim the National Championship Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Basketball Yale University Basketball Wisconsin Historical Society
1941 Andrews Sisters Record "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" Minneapolis Performing Artists Popular Music World War II History Channel
1965 New York Jets Sign University of Alabama Quarterback Joe Namath for $400,000 National Football League Joe Namath Economics University of Alabama New York Times
1970 At Michigan State, Clifton Wharton Takes Office as the First African-American President of a Major U.S. University Michigan Education Education African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Michigan State University Michigan State Historical Society
1983 The Musical ''Annie'' Closes on Broadway after 2,377 Performances American Musicals Internet Browardway Database
1984 University of Miami Defeats Nebraska 31-30 in the Orange Bowl for the National Championship The Orange Bowl University of Miami Football University of Nebraska Football Football New York Times
1987 Penn State Defeats the University of Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl for the National Championship The Fiesta Bowl Penn State Football University of Miami Football Football New York Times

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