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FEBRUARY 8

Performing Artists
1888 Edith Evans (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1894 King Vidor (Texas-born Actor) Texas Filmmakers Actors Filmmakers The Internet Movie Database
1921 Lana Turner (Idaho-born Actress) Idaho Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com The Internet Movie Database
1924 Audrey Meadows (American Actress) Actors Television The Honeymooners The Internet Movie Database
1925 Jack Lemmon (Massachusetts-born Actor) Massachsuetts Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1931 James Dean (Indiana-born Actor) James Dean Actors Film
1941 Nick Nolte (Nebraska-born Actor) Nebraska Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com The Internet Movie Database
1942 Robert Klein (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Film The Internet Movie Database
1953 Mary Steenburgen (Arkansas-born Actress) Arkansas Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1968 Gary Coleman (Illinois-born African-American Actor) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Television Film African-Amrican Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database
1969 Mary McCormack (New Jersey-born Actress) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Television Film The Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1924 Joe Black (New Jersey-born African-American Major League Baseball Player) New Jersey Sports Figures Baseball African-Amrican Sports Figures African American Registry
1970 Alonzo Mourning (Virginia-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Alonzo Mourning NBA African-Amrican Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1956 Connie Mack (Massachusetts-born Manager: Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Massachusetts Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
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1915 D.W. Griffith's Controversial Film The Birth of a Nation Premieres in LA Los Angeles D.W. Griffith Birth of a Nation Library of Congress
1926 Greta Garbo's First U.S. Film, Torrent, Premieres Greta Garbo Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1936 Jay Berwanger 1st Pick in 1st NFL Draft, But Never Plays in NFL Iowa Sports Figures NFL College Football Hall of Fame Heisman Trophy Historic Firsts New York Times
1940 Pittsburgh Defeats Fordham 57-37 at Madison Square Garden in the First Televised Basketball Game Basketball Television Fordham University University of Pittsburgh
1958 The Daytona Beach International Speedway Corporation Is Organized Daytona Beach, Florida NASCSAR Official Website Florida Historical Society
1972 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard Selected to Baseball's Hall of Fame Josh Gibson Baseball Hall of Fame Buck Leonard Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Vanderbilt
1980 21-year-old Mary Decker Sets World Indoor Record for the 1500M Run Mary Decker Slaney Track and Field Hall of Fame Female American Sports Figures Historic Firsts New York Times
1983 Wayne Gretsky Scores 4 Goals in Third Period of NHL All-Star Game Canadian Sports Figures The NHL
1986 5' 7" Spud Webb Wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition Basketball NBA University of Georgia

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