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FEBRUARY 27

Performing Artists
1891 David Sarnoff (Russian-American Television Pioneer) David Sarnoff Television
1892 William Demarest (Minnesota-born Actor) Minnesota Performing Artists Actors Film Television
1907 Mildred Bailey (Washington-born African-American Jazz Singer) Washington Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists
1923 Dexter Gordon (Los Angeles-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Los Angeles Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Joanne Woodward (Georgia-born Actress) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1932 Elizabeth Taylor (American Actress) Elizabeth Taylor Actors Film
1937 Barbara Babcock (California-born Actress) California Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1940 Howard Hesseman (Oregon-born Actor) Oregon Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1943 Mary Frann (Missouri-born Actress) Missouri Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1902 Gene Sarazen (New York-born Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame) New York Athletes World Golf Hall of Fame
1961 James Worthy (North Carolina-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) North Carolina Sports Figures African American Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame
1976 Tony Gonzalez (California-born Latin-American Professional Football Player) Tony Gonzalez Football Latin American Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1993 Lillian Gish (Ohio-born Actress) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Film
2003 Fred Rogers (Pennsylvania-born Minister with a Television Show for Children: Mr. Rogers) Fred Rogers Child Advocacy Educators of Note Television
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1827 The First Mardi Gras Celebration Is Held in New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Mardi Gras Historic Firsts Louisiana Secretary of State
1853 The First African-American YMCA is Organized in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. YMCA African-American History Historic Firsts African American Registry
1974 People Magazine Goes on Sale Journalism Historic Firsts People Magazine TV News Archive
1983 Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan Runs the First sub-3:50 Indoor Mile (3m 49.78s) Irish Sports Figures Track & Field Historic Firsts New York Times
1988 Debi Thomas First African American to Win a Winter Olympic Medal Olympics Figure Skating African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times African American Registry

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