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Performing Artists
1908 Anna Magnani (Italian Actress) Italian Performing Artists Actors Film 1955 Academy Award for Best Actress for The Rose Tattoo Internet Movie Database
1934 Willard Scott (Virginia-born Television Personality: The Original Ronald McDonald) Virginia Performing Artists Weather/Meteorology Television Internet Movie Database
1940 Daniel J. Travanti (Wisconsin-born Actor) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Television Winner of 1981 & 1982 Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy Awards for Hill Street Blues Wisconsin Historical Society
Sports Figures
1938 Janet Guthrie (Iowa-born Sports Car Driver) Janet Guthrie Auto Racing Women Sports Figures
1950 Franco Harris (New Jersey-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) New Jersey Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1952 Lynn Swann (Tennessee-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Tennessee Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1960 Joe Carter (Oklahoma-born African-American Professional Baseball Player) Oklahoma Sports Figures Baseball Famous African-Americans
Ivan Lendl (Czech Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) Czech Republic Sports Figures International Tennis Hall of Fame
1965 Jesper Bo Parnevik (Swedish Professional Golfer) Sweden Golf
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1999 Stanley Kubrick (New York City-born Filmmaker) New York City Performing Artists Film Makers History Channel
Bobby Hendricks (South African Saxophonist) South African City Performing Artists Popular Musicians South African History
2006 Gordon Parks (Kansas-born African-American Photographer/Filmmaker/Artist/Musician/Writer) Gordon Parks Photography Filmmakers American Authors African-American Artists, Architects & Designers
1857 Baseball Rules That 9 Innings Constitute an Official Baseball Game, Not 9 Runs Baseball Baseball Library
1864 President Lincoln Attends Edwin Booth's Performance in "The Fool's Revenge" at Grover's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Stage and Theater Lincoln Papers
1896 Gilbert & Sullivan's Last Operetta, "The Grand Duke," Opens at London's Savoy Theater London Stage & Theater Opera MIT American Public Media
1914 Ring Lardner Publishes His First Story "A Busher's Letters Home," in the Saturday Evening Post Ring Lardner Journalism Baseball Historic Firsts American Collection
1935 Malcolm Campbell Sets a World Speed Record of 276 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona, Florida Auto Racing Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1939 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians First Record "Auld Lang Syne" Popular Music WAMU
1951 In Detroit, Ezzard Charles Defeats Jersey Joe Walcott to Retain the World Heavyweight Championship Detroit, Michigan Georgia Sports Figures Ezzard Charles Jersey Joe Walcott University of Georgia
1955 Peter Pan First Broadway Play to Be Televised in Color <I>Peter Pan</I> Television Historic Firsts Museum of Broadcast Communications
1959 Bells Are Ringing Closes in New York (924 performances) Musical Theater Stage & Theater Internet Broadway Database
1979 "Georgia on my Mind" Is Adopted as the Official State Song by the State's General Assembly Georgia State Song Music University of Georgia
1988 In Alaska, Vern Tejas of Anchorage Completes the First Solo Ascent of Mt. McKinley Alaska U.S. Mountains Mountain Climbing Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
2010 Kathryn Bigelow Is the First Woman to Receive the Academy Award for Best Director ("The Hurt Locker") Kathryn Bigelow American Women in Performing Arts Filmmakers Academy Awards Historic Firsts NPR

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