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Performing Artists
1910 Nick Stewart (New York City-born African-American Producer) New York City Performing Artists Stage and Theater African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1912 Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins (Texas-born African-American Blues Musician) Texas Performing Artists Blues and Jazz African American Registry
1913 Macdonald Carey (Iowa-born Actor) Iowa Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1915 David Schoenbrun (New York City-born Radio Broadcaster) New York City Radio Journalism
1916 Harry James (Georgia-born Jazz Trumpeter) Georgia Performng Artists Jazz Biography.com University of Georgia Texas State Historical Association
1935 Judd Hirsch (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1944 Sly Stone (Texas-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Sly Stone Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Sports Figures
1877 Malcolm Whitman (New York City-born Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) New York City Sports Figures International Tennis Hall of Fame
1902 Henri Saint Cyr (Swedish Olympic Equestrian) Swedish Sports Figures Horses Olympic Games
1926 Norm Van Brocklin (South Dakota-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) South Dakota Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1946 Bobby Bonds (California-born African-American Professional Baseball Player) California Sports Figures Baseball African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1956 Clay Matthews (California-born Professional Football Player) California Sports Figures Football
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1990 Tom Harmon (Indiana-born Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Indiana Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame 1940 Heisman Trophy Winner
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1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, Baseball's First Professional Team, Plays Its First Game Cincinnati, Ohio Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts New York Times
1954 "Sh-boom", the First Doo-wop Song, Is Recorded by The Chords Popular Music Historic Firsts The History Channel
1955 Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" Is Put on Tape for Release Fats Domino Popular Music Notable African Americans National Public Radio
1956 My Fair Lady Opens on Broadway New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
1972 Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Premieres in New York City New York City Film Crime The History Channel Internet Movie Database
Fred Bear Is the First Person Inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame Pennsylvania Sports Figures Archery Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1977 Eight is Enough Premieres on ABC-TV Television Internet Movie Database
1990 The Ford Explorer Is Introduced to the Public Automobiles Ford Motor Company Ford Trucks
1991 Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union Is the First Athlete to Pole Vault 20' Soviet Sports Figures Track and Field Historic Firsts New York Times
1997 North Carolina Basketball Coach, Dean Smith, Record His 877th Win, an NCAA Record North Carolina Sports Figures Kansas Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame North Carolina Basketball New York Times
1999 Maurice Ashley Is the First African-American Grandmaster Jamaican Sports Figures Chess African-American Sports Figures New York Times African American Registry
Curtis Mayfield Is Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a Second Time Chicago Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia

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