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JANUARY 17

Performing Artists
1880 Mack Sennett (Canadian-born American Filmmaker) Canadian Performing Artists Film Makers Internet Movie Database
1922 Betty White (Illinois-born Actress) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1927 Eartha Kitt (South Carolina-born African-American Popular Singer) South Carolina Performing Artists Popular Musicians Famous African Americans Internet Movie Database
1931 James Earl Jones (Mississippi-born African-American Actor: Voice of Darth Vader) Mississippi Performing Artists actors African American Performing Artists Biography.com African American Registry
1934 Shari Lewis (New York City-born Puppeteer) New York City Performing Artists Puppetry Internet Movie Database
1949 Andy Kaufman (New York City-born Comedic Actor) New York City Performing Artists actors Biography.com
1956 David Caruso (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists actors Television film Internet Movie Database
1962 Jim Carrey (Canadian Actor) Canadian Performing Artists actors film Biography.com
Sports Figures
1931 Don Zimmer (Ohio-born Professional Baseball Player, Coach) Ohio Sports Figures Baseball
1940 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino (Kenyan-born Olympic Gold Medal Runner) Kenya Track & Field Olympic Games
1942 Muhammad Ali (Kentucky-born African-American Member of the International Boxing hall of Fame) Muhammad Ali Boxing Hall of Fame Famous African Americans Olympic Games
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1899 Gaston Chasseloup-Laubat Sets Land Speed Record in France (43.690 mph) France The Automobile University of  Miami
1916 Professional Golfers Association Is Formed in New York City New York City Golf PGA New York Times
1929 Comic-strip Character, Popeye the Sailor Man, First Appeared in Print Cartoons and Comics Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1949 The First Volkswagen Beetle Arrives in the United States Automobiles Volkswagen Historic Firsts History Channel
2007 Pete Sampras Is Selected for the International Tennis Hall of Fame Washington, D.C.  Sports Figures Tennis  Hall of Fame

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