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Performing Artists
1650 Nell Gwynn (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors
1902 Blanche Calloway (Maryland-born African-American Jazz Singer, Bandleader) Maryland Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1924 Sonny Stitt (Massachusetts-born African-American Jazz Musician) Sonny Stitt Jazz African American Performing Artists
1927 Stan Getz (Pennsylvania-born Popular Musician) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1939 Tom Smothers (New York-born Comedian) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database Biography.com
1942 Graham Nash (English Popular Musician) English Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1947 Farrah Fawcett (Texas-born Actress) Texas Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database Biography.com
1954 Christie Brinkley (Michigan-born Model, Actress) Detroit Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database Biography.com
1977 Shakira (Colombian Popular Musician) Colombia Performing Artists Popular Musicians
Sports Figures
1895 George Halas (Illinois-born Football Coach, Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Chicago Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1923 Red Schoendienst (Illinois-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Illinois Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1918 John L. Sullivan (Massachusetts-born Member of the Boxing Hall of Fame) Massachusetts Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame
1979 Sid Vicious (English Rock Musician: Drug Overdose) British Performing Artists Popular Musicians Illegal Drugs History Channel BBC
1996 Gene Kelly (Pennsylvania-born Dancer, Actor) Gene Kelly Dance Film
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1876 Baseball's National League Is Formed in New York City New York City Baseball Major League Baseball New York Times
1905 The Wisconsin State League Is Formed, Bringing Professional Baseball to Five Wisconsin Cities Wisconsin Sports Figures Baseball Business Wisconsin Historical Society
1912 World's First Movie Stuntman Jumps Off the Statue of Liberty for a Newsreel Statue of Liberty Film Historic Firsts History Channel
1933 Busby Berkeley's 42nd Street Premieres Busby Berkeley Film Internet Movie Database
MGM Studios Fires Actor Buster Keaton for Excessive Drinking Buster Keaton Film History Channel
1936 Ty Cobb Leads the First Class Selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame Ty Cobb Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times State of Michigan
1949 Golfing Great Ben Hogan Is Severely Injured in Near-fatal Automobile Accident Texas Sports Figures Golf Hall of Fame Automobiles New York Times
1972 The Winter Olympics Open in Sapporo, Japan Sapporo, Japan 1972 Winter Olympics Asian History
2002 Home Depot co-Founder Arthur Blank Purchases the Atlanta Falcons Georgia Business Atlanta Flacons Home Depot University of Georgia

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