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1877 Rudolph Dirks (German-American Artist, Cartoonist of the "Katzenjammer Kids") German Artists Cartoons and Comics Journalism
Performing Artists
1887 William Frawley (Iowa-born Actor: Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy) Iowa Performing Artists Actors Television Film
1916 Jackie Gleason (New York City-born Actor, Comedian) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Film Biography.com
1920 Tony Randall (Oklahoma-born Actor) Oklahoma Performing Artists Actors Television Film Biography.com
1921 Betty Hutton (Michigan-born Actress) Michigan Performing Artists Actors Television Film
1922 Margaret Leighton (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Television Film Biography.com
1928 Antoine "Fats" Domino (New Orleans-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Fats Domino African American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1932 Johnny Cash (Arkansas-born County Singer, Songwriter) Johnny Cash Country Musicians
1933 Godfrey Cambridge (New York City-born African-American Comedic Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Film African American Performing Aritsts African-American Registry
1943 Bill Duke (New York-born African American Actor, Director, Producer) New York Performing Artists Actors Television Filmmakers African American Performing Aritsts African-American Registry
1945 Mitch Ryder (Michigan-born Popular Singer) Michigan Performing Artists Popular Musicians
1954 Michael Bolton (Connecticut Popular Singer) Connecticut Performing Artists Popular Musicians
1976 Ja Rule (New York City-born African-American Rap Musician) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists Biography.com
Sports Figures
1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander (Nebraska-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Nebraska Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1918 Preacher Roe (Arkansas-born Major League Baseball Player Arkansas Sports Figures Baseball Official Web Site
1973 Marshall Faulk (Louisiana-born African-American Professional Football Player) Louisiana Sports Figures Football St. Louis Rams Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1959 Lou Costello (New Jersey-born Comedian: "Abbott and Costello") Lou Costello Actors Television Film
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1903 The First Speed Record Is Set on Florida's Daytona Beach: 65 mph Daytona Beach, Florida Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1926 Theodore "Tiger" Flowers Is the First African American to Win Boxing's World Middleweight Championship Tiger Flowers Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1935 New York Yankees Release Babe Ruth - He Signs with the Boston Braves as an Executive and Player Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times
1936 Adolph Hitler Opens Assembly Plant in Sakse, Germany, for Manufacture of Volkswagens Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler Volkswagen South African History
1942 Joan Fontaine Wins Academy Award for Best Actress for Her Performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion Actors Film Academy Awards History Channel Internet Movie Database
1957 The Last Episode of Dragnet Airs on Radio Radio History Channel
1963 HOBIE Surfboard Trademark Is Registered HOBIE Web Site USPTO
1992 National Air & Space Museum Honors Star Trek Television Series Television Museums Television News Archive

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