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JANUARY 21

Performing Artists
1885 Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (Louisiana-born African-American Blues Singer, Composer) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz American Songwriters Los Alamos National Laboratory Writer's Almanac
1905 Karl Wallenda (German Tightrope Walker) German Performing Artists Circus
1922 Paul Scofield (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1924 Telly Savalas (New Jersey-born Actor) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Television Film Biography.com
Benny Hill (English Comedic Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Television Biography.com
1941 Richie Havens (New York-born African-American Singer, Songwriter) New York Performing Artists Popular Music African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1942 Edwin Starr (Tennessee-born African-American Singer, Songwriter) Tennessee Performing Artists Popular Music African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
Mac Davis (Texas-born Singer, Songwriter) Texas Performing Artists Popular Music Nashville Writers Foundation University of Georgia
1947 Jill Eikenberry (Connecticut-born Actress) Connecticut Performing Artists Actors Television Film Intenet Movie Database
1956 Geena Davis (Massachusetts-born Actress) Massachusetts Performing Artists Actors Television Film Intenet Movie Database Biography.com
1965 Jason Mizell "Jam Master Jay" (New York City-born African-American Rapper) New York City Performing Artists Popular Music African-American Performing Artists Intenet Movie Database African American Registry
Sports Figures
1926 Steve Reeves (Montana-born Bodybuilder, Actor) Montana Performing Artists Weightlifting Actors Film Biography.com
1940 Jack Nicklaus (Ohio-born Member of the Golf Hall of Fame) Ohio Sports Figures Golf Hall of Fame
1955 Peter Fleming (New Jersey-born Professional Tennis Player) New Jersey Sports Figures Tennis
1963 Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigerian Professional Basketball Player) Hakeem Olajuwon Basketball
Detlef Schrempf (German Professional Basketball Player) German Sports Figures Basketball
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1991 Harold "Red" Grange (Illinois-born Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Illinois Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame
1997 Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis Presley's Manager) Dutch Performing Artists Elvis Preseley Internet Movie Database
2002 Peggy Lee (North Dakota-born Popular Singer) North Dakota Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1939 Harold Arlen's Song "Over the Rainbow" Is Copyrighted Harold Arlen American Composers and Songwriters Wizard of Oz Patents and Copyrights USPTO
1942 Count Basie and His Orchestra Record "One O'clock Jump." Count Basie Popular Music Jazz African-American Heritage New York Times
1952 Seattle University Chieftains Defeat the Harlem Globetrotters Seattle, Washington Harlem Globetrotters Seattle University Chieftains HistoryLink
1969 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Roy Campanella Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Library
1987 Aretha Franklin Is the First Woman Inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Aretha Franklin American Woman Performing Artists Historic Firsts Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Michigan

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