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Performing Artists
1898 Lil Hardin Armstrong (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Musician; Wife of Louis Armstrong) Lil Hardin Armstrong Louis Armstrong Jazz African American Performing Artists
1900 Mabel Mercer (English-born African-American Jazz Singer) English Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1918 Joey Bishop (New York City-born Comedian) Joey Bishop Actors Film Television
1943 Blythe Danner (Pennyslvania-born Actress) Blythe Danner Actors Film Television
1950 Morgan Fairchild (Texas-born Actress) Morgan Fairchild Actors Film Television
1956 Nathan Lane (New Jersey-born Actor) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Film Television
1957 Marlon Riggs (Texas-born African-American Filmmaker) Texas Performing Artists Film African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
Sports Figures
1940 Fran Tarkenton (Virginia-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Virginia Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame
1945 Bob Griese (Indiana-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Indiana Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1959 Buddy Holly (Texas-born Popular Musician: Iowa Plane Crash) Iowa Buddy Holly Popular Musicians Air Disasters Texas State Historical Association The History Channel BBC
Ritchie Valens (Los Angeles-born Hispanic Popular Musician: Iowa Plane Crash) Los Angeles Performing Artists Popular Musicians Air Disasters Latin-American Performing Artists The History Channel
Jiles Perry Richardson "Big Bopper" (Texas-born Popular Musician: Iowa Plane Crash) Texas Performing Artists Popular Musicians Air Disasters Texas State Historical Association The History Channel
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1951 Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo Opens at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway Tennessee Williams Internet Broadway Database Mississippi Writers
1952 The First Episode of the TV Program "Dragnet" Is Copyrighted Television Trademarks and Copyrights The Internet Movie Database USPTO
1956 Figure Skater Tenley Albright Wins the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Cortina, Italy Italy Massachusetts Sports Figures Figure Skating Hall of Fame 1956 Winter Olympics Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1959 Day the Music Died: Plane Crash Kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper Buddy Holly Popular Musicians Air Disasters Texas State Historical Association The History Channel BBC
1964 Adolph Rupp Wins His 700th Game at the University of Kentucky Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame University of Kentucky
1980 Rookie Larry Bird Hits the First 3-Point Shot in NBA All-Star Game History Basketball Hall of Fame Historic Firsts NBA
1989 National League President Bill White Is First African-American to Head a Pro Sports League Florida Sports Figures Major League Baseball African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts New York Times
1998 U.S. Military Jet Causes Cable Car Tragedy in Italian Ski Resort: 20 Die Italy Skiing Air Disasters Death BBC

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