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FEBRUARY 7

Performing Artists
1883 Eubie Blake (Maryland-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Composer) Eubie Blake Jazz Musicians African American Perofrming Artists
1945 Pete Postlethwaite (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1960 James Spader Massachusetts-born Actor) Massachusetts Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1962 Garth Brooks (Oklahoma-born Country & Western Singer) Garth Brooks Country and Western Musicians
1966 Chris Rock (South Carolina-born African-American Comedic Actor) South Carolina Performing Artists American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Biography.com African American Registry
Sports Figures
1905 Wally Butts (Georgia-born Coach, Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Georgia Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame University of Georgia
1937 Juan Pizarro (Puerto Rican-born Professional Baseball Player) Puerto Rico Baseball Latin-American Studies
1950 Burt Hooten (Texas-born Professional Baseball Player) Texas Sports Figures Baseball
1953 Dan Quisenberry (California-born Professional Baseball Player) California Sports Figures Baseball
1955 Rolf Benirschke (Massachusetts-born Professional Football Player) Massachusetts Sports Figures Football
1973 Juwan Howard (Chicago-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Chicago Sports Figures Basketball Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1959 Napoleon Lajoie (Rhode Island-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Rhode Island Baseball Hall of Fame
1993 Lillian Gish (Ohio-born Actress) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Film
2000 Doug Henning (Canadian Magician) Canadian Performing Artists Stage and Theater
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1882 John L. Sullivan Knocks Out Paddy Ryan in the Last Major Bare-knuckle Championship Bout John L. Sullivan Boxing Hall of Fame New York Times
1938 Disney Begins a Daily Comic Strip with Donald Duck Cartoons & Comics Disney
1940 Walt Disney's Pinocchio Premieres in New York City Walt Disney <I>Pinocchio</I> The Internet Movie Database
1944 Bing Crosby Records: "Swinging on a Star" Bing Crosby Popular Music Proper Records
1949 Joe DiMaggio is First Athlete to be Paid $100,000/year Joe DiMaggio Baseball Hall of Fame Economics Historic Firsts New York Times
1958 The Dodgers Officially Become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc. Los Angeles Baseball Business and Economics Los Angeles Dodgers
1961 23-year-old Jane Fonda Appears in Her First Acting Role: The NBC Drama, "A String of Beads" Jane Fonda American Performing Artists Television University of Georgia
1964 The Beatles Are Mobbed as They Arrive in the U.S. for First Time The Beatles Popular Musicians History Channel BBC
1969 Diane Crump Becomes the First Female Jockey in Thoroughbred Racing at Florida's Hialeah Track Florida Horse Racing American Female Sports Figures Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1974 Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles Opens in Theaters Film The Internet Movie Database
1976 Speedskater Sheila Young Is First American to Win Three Winter Olympic Medals Detroit Sports Figures Speed Skating 1976 Winter Olympics Historic Firsts National Speedskating Museum
1988 The Television Series "America's Most Wanted" Debuts Television Crime Internet Movie Database
2000 Tiger Woods Wins 6th Consecutive Professional Tournament with Amazing Comeback at Pebble Beach Tiger Woods Golf African-American Sports Figures Asian-American Sports Figures New York Times

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