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1929 Jules Feiffer (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning) Jules Feiffer Primary Children's Authors Cartoons & Comics Film 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
1946 Gene Siskel (Chicago-born Journalist, Film Critic) Chicago Writers Journalism Film Biography.com
Performing Artists
1905 Maria von Trapp (Austrian-born Subject of The Sound of Music) Austrian Performing Artists The Sound of Music
1925 Paul Newman (Ohio-born Actor) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1928 Ertha Kitt (South Carolina-born African-American Popular Singer) South Carolina Performing Artists Popular Musicians Noted African Americans African American Registry
Roger Vadim (Paris-born Filmmaker) Roger Vadim Film Makers Biography.com
1953 Lucinda Williams (Louisiana-born Popular Singer) Louisiana Performing Artists Popular Musicians IMDB
1957 Eddie Van Halen (Dutch Popular Musician) Netherlands Performing Artists Popular Musicians IMDB
1958 Ellen DeGeneres (Louisiana-born Comedic Actress, Talk Show Host) New Orleans Performing Artists Actors Television Biography.com
Sports Figures
1935 Bob Uecker (Wisconsin-born Professional Baseball Player; Milwaukee Brewers Broadcaster) Wisconsin Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Wisconsin Historical Society
1961 Wayne Gretsky (Canadian Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame) Canadian Sports Figures Hockey Hall of Fame Biography.com
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1932 William Wrigley (Pennsylvania Founder of Wrigley Gum) Pennsylvania Business Leaders American Business Leaders Wrigley
1983 Paul "Bear" Bryant (Arkansas-born Coach, Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Arkansas Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
2000 Don Budge (California-born Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame) Don Budge Tennis Hall of Fame
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1934 Sam Goldwyn Buys Movie Rights to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz Film Economics & Business History Channel
1960 Danny Heater Scores 135 Points Leading Burnsville High School, WV to a 173-43 Victory Basketball West Virginia Archive
1965 Noah W. and Joseph S. McVicker of Cincinnati, Ohio Receives Patent #3,167,440 for Play-Doh® Ohio Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks Play-Doh USPTO
1980 U.S. Olympic Committee Asks That Moscow Olympics Be Cancelled or Moved Soviet Union President Jimmy Carter The Olympic Games The Cold War History Channel
1986 Chicago Bears Defeat the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX Football NFL Logo USA Today New York Times
1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera Opens on Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Theater Phantom of the Opera
1998 Filming Begins on Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut American Authors Film Internet Movie Database American Collection

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