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JANUARY 18

1888 Thomas Sopwith (English Engineer, Industrialist Who Developed and Manufactured the Sopwith Camel World War I Aircraft) English Scientists & Inventors Aviation History Peanuts World War I
Performing Artists
1892 Oliver Hardy (Georgia-born Comedic Actor) Oliver Hardy Actors Film
1904 Cary Grant (English Actor) Cary Grant Actors Film
1913 Danny Kaye (New York City-born Actor) Danny Kaye Actors Film
1941 Bobby Goldsboro (Florida-born Popular Singer) Florida Performing Artists Popular Musicians The Internet Movie Database
David Ruffin (Mississippi-born African American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Mississippi Performing Artists Rock and Roll hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1955 Kevin Costner (California-born Actor) Kevin Costner Actors Film
1969 Jesse L. Martin (Virginia-born African-American Actor) Virginia Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television African-American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1938 Curt Flood (Texas-born African-American Who Successfully Challenged Professional Baseball's Reserved Clause) Texas Sports Figures Baseball Labor Law & Legal Resources African-American Sports Figures USA Today
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1991 Leo Hurwitz (New York City-born Filmmaker) Leo Hurwitz Filmmakers
1996 Minnesota Fats (New York City-born Billiards Champion) New York City Sports Figures Games
2008 Bobby Fischer (Chicago-born World Chess Champion) Bobby Fischer Chess
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1887 In Minneapolis, John L. Sullivan Breaks His Arm in the 1st Round, But Continues Boxing Until the Fight Is Called a Tie After 6 Rounds Minneapolis, Minnesota John L. Sullivan International Boxing Hall of Fame Minnesota Historical Society
1896 Chicago Defeats Iowa 15-12 in First Intercollegiate Basketball Game University of Chicago University of Iowa Basketball Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1948 Original Amateur Hour Debuts on Television Television The Internet Movie Database The History Channel
1957 A Copyright Is Registered for the Lerner and Lowe Musical "My Fair Lady" Copyright Plays USPTO
1958 Willie O'Ree Is First Black Man to Play in the National Hockey League Canadian Sports Figures NHL African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts African American Registry The New York Times
Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Broadcast on CBS-TV the First of 53 "Young People's Concerts" over 24 Years New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein Classical Music Child Advocacy Television CBS American Public Media
1974 The Six Million Dollar Man Debuts on Television Television The Internet Movie Database The History Channel
1975 The Jeffersons Debuts on Television Television The Internet Movie Database
1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Defeat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl X Football NFL Logo USA Today The New York Times
1978 "Take This Job and Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck Reaches #1 on the Billboard Charts Ohio Performing Artists Popular Music Billboard EconEdLink The History Channel
1989 Otis Redding Is Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Otis Redding Rock & Roll Hall  of Fame African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1998 Ragtime, a Musical Based on the Novel by E.L. Doctorow, Debuts on Broadway at the New Ford Center for the Performing Arts E.L. Doctorow American Musicals Plays African-American Heritage Internet Broadway Database

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