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JANUARY 27

Performing Artists
1908 Oran "Hot Lips" Page (Texas-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Texas Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1918 Elmore James (Mississippi-born African-American Jazz Guitarist) Mississippi Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1921 Donna Reed (Iowa-born Actress) Donna Reed Actors Film Television
1930 Robert Calvin "Bobby Blue" Bland (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Musician) Tennessee Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1964 Bridget Fonda (Los Angeles-born Actress) Los Angeles Performing Artists Actors Film
Sports Figures
1894 Fritz Pollard (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Chicago Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1899 Bibb Falk (Texas-born Baseball Player and Coach at the University of Texas) Texas Sports Figures Baseball University of Texas Baseball Texas State Historical Association
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1945 Elizabeth "Plinky" Toepperwein (Connecticut-born Sharpshooter) Connecticut Sports Figures Sports Texas State Historical Society
1972 Mahalia Jackson (New Orleans-born African-American Gospel Singer) Mahalia Jackson Jazz and Gospel African American Performing Artists
1994 Claude Akins (Georgia-born Actor) Georgia Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Television Internet Movie Database
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1918 The First Tarzan Film, Tarzan of the Apes, Is Released Film Internet Movie Database
1976 Laverne and Shirley Premieres Television Internet Movie Database
1985 Coca Cola Announces Plans to Open Sales in the Soviet Union The Soviet Union Business & Economics Coca Cola EconEdLInk
2000 Bill Belichick Is Named Head Coach of the New England Patriots Tennessee Sports Figures Masachusetts Sports Figures Football NFL Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities

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