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Performing Artists
1882 John Barrymore (Pennsylvania-born Actor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1907 Cesar Romero (New York City-born Latin-American Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Hispanic Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1901 James "Kokomo" Arnold (Georgia-born Blues Musician) Georgia Performing Artists Blues and Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1918 Allan Arbus (New York City-born Actor: Dr. Sidney Freeman, M*A*S*H) New York City Performing Artists Actors M*A*S*H Internet Movie Database
1927 Harvey Korman (Chicago-born Actor) Chicago Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1931 Claire Bloom (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1951 Jane Seymour (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
Melissa Manchester (New York City-born Singer) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1964 Chris Farley (Wisconsin-born Comedic Actor) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Film Television Wisconsin Historical Society Biography.com
Sports Figures
1897 Earl Henry "Red" Blaik (Detroit-born Coach: Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Detroit Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame U.S. Military Academy
1929 Graham Hill (English Auto Racer) English Sports Figures Auto Racing
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1943 Thomas "Fats" Waller (New York-born African-American Jazz Pianist) Fats Waller Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1965 Nat "King" Cole (Alabama born African-American Jazz Pianist, Popular Singer)  Nat King Cole Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1984 Ethel Merman (New York-born Singer, Actress) New York Performing Artists Actors Popular Musicians Internet Broadway Database
1996 McLean Stevenson (Illinois-born Actor: Colonel Henry Blake in M*A*S*H) Illinois Performing Artists Actors M*A*S*H Internet Movie Database
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1932 Bobsledder/Boxer Eddie Eagen Only Winter/Summer Olympic Gold Medalist The 1932 Winter Olympics USA Today
George Burns and Gracie Allen Make Their U.S. Radio Debut George Burns Gracie Allen Actors Radio History Channel
1934 Ella Fitzgerald Is "Discovered" While Performing at Harlem's Apollo Theater New York City Ella Fitzgerald Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Virginia Historical Society
1936 Norway's Sonja Henie Wins Third Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medal Sonja Henie Figure Skating The 1936 Winter Olympics USA Today New York Times
1950 Walt Disney's Animated Feature Cinderella Opens Walt Disney Cinderella Film The Internet Movie Database
1954 Augusta, Georgia's WRDW-TV, a CBS affiliate, Goes on the Air Augusta, Georgia Television WRDW-TV University of Georgia
1956 A's & Pirates Cancel Birmingham, AL Exhibition Due to Local Race Ordinance Alabama Baseball Racism USA Today
1978 Leon Spinks Defeats Muhammad Ali for World Heavyweight Championship Muhammad Ali Boxing Hall of Fame USA Today
1980 Wayne Gretzky Ties NHL Record with Seven Assists Canadian Sport Figures NHL Hockey Hall of Fame USA Today
1981 Richard Petty Wins the Daytona 500 for the Seventh Time Daytona Beach, Florida North Carolina Sports Figures Auto Racing Daytona 500 Florida Historical Society
1998 Dale Earnhardt Wins the Daytona 500 Daytona, Florida Dale Earnhardt Auto Racing New York Times
2002 Canadian Figure Skaters Awarded Gold Medals to Correct Scoring Fraud Canada Figure Skating 2002 Winter Olympics CNN

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