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JANUARY 16

1937 Robert Lipsyte (New York City-born Sports Journalist, Children's Author) Robert Lipsyte Young-adult Authors Journalism Sports
Performing Artists
1908 Ethel Merman (New York-born Actress, Singer) New York Performing Artists Stage and Theater American Musicals Biography.com New York Times
1944 Ronnie Milsap (North Carolina-born Country Musician) North Carolina Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians
Jim Stafford (Florida-born Country Musician) Florida Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians
1947 Laura Schlessinger (New York-born Radio Talk Show Personality) New York Performing Artists Radio Biography.com
1948 John Carpenter (New York-born Filmmaker Received 1970 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Subject, "The Resurrection of Broncho Billy") New York Performing Artists Filmmakers Received the 1970 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Subject, The Resurrection of Broncho Billy American Composers & Songwriters Internet Movie Database
1950 Debbie Allen (Texas-born African-American Actress, Dancer, Choreographer) Texas Performing Artists Dance Famous African Americans Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1959 Sadé (Nigerian Popular Musician) Nigerian Performing Artists Popular Musicians
1974 Kate Moss (English Model, Actress) English Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1979 Aaliyah (New York City-born African-American Popular Musician) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
Sports Figures
1870 Willie Simms (Georgia-born African-American Jockey; Member of the Horse Racing Hall of Fame)) Georgia Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Churchill Downs Horse Racing Hall of Fame African American Registry
1911 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (Arkansas-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Arkansas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1935 A.J. Foyt (Texas-born Race Car Driver) Texas Sports Figures Automobile Racing
1980 Albert Pujols (Dominican Major League Baseball Player) Dominican Republic Sports Figures Baseball Hispanic Sports Figures St. Louis Cardinals
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1942 Carol Lombard (Indiana-born Actress) Indiana Performing Artists Airplane Crash Actors Film
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1936 A "Photo-finish" Camera Is used for the First Time at Florida's Hialeah Race Track Florida Horse Racing Photography Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1938 Benny Goodman's Orchestra Performs First Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert New York City Benny Goodman Jazz PBS
1942 Actress Carol Lombard Dies in Plane Crash Indiana Performing Artists Film Air Disasters New York Times
1953 The Chevrolet Corvette Is First Introduced at New York Car Show New York City Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1957 Little Richard Records "Lucille" Little Richard Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1959 West Virginia Hotel Refuses Service to African American Players: Elgin Baylor Boycotts Game West Virginia Racism African-American Sports Figures NBA West Virginia State Archives
1970 Curt Flood Files Lawsuit Challenging Baseball's Reserve Clause Baseball Labor Constitutional Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts New York Times
1974 Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Whitey Ford Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times
1984 Jim Henson Renews Kermit the Frog's Copyright Jim Henson Puppetry Copyright USPTO

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