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Big Bird's Birthday
(Big Bird was officially 4-years-old until he turned 6: 03/20/1991)
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Performing Artists
1902 Edgar Buchanan (Missouri-born Actor) Missouri Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1906 Ozzie Nelson (New Jersey-born Actor, Producer) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Radio Television Internet Movie Database
1908 Michael Redgrave (English Stage and Screen Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1915 Rosetta Nubin Tharpe (Arkansas-born African-American Gospel Singer, Guitarist) Rosetta Nubin Tharpe Gospel Musician African-American Performing Artists
1917 Vera Lynn (English Popular Singer) English Performing Artists Popular Music World War II Internet Movie Database Historic UK
1920 Marian McPartland (English-American Jazz Pianist) English Performing Artists Jazz Internet Movie Database
Werner Klemperer (German Actor) German Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1928 Carl Reiner (New York-born Writer, Actor, Producer) New York Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1928 Fred Rogers (Pennsylvania-born Minister, Educator: Mr. Rogers) Fred Rogers Children's Advocate Educator of Note Minister Television
1931 Hal Linden (New York-born Actor) New York Performing Artists Musical Theater Actors Internet Movie Database
1937 Jerry Reed (Georgia-born Country Musician) Georgia Performing Artists Country Musicians Internet Movie Database University of Georgia
1950 William Hurt (Washington, D.C.-born Actor) Washington, D.C. Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database Biography.com
1957 Spike Lee (Georgia-born African-American Director, Producer, Actor) Spike Lee Actors Filmmaker
1958 Holly Hunter (Georgia-born Actress) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Film 1993 Academy Award for Best Actress, The Piano Internet Movie Database Biography.com
Sports Figures
1945 Pat Riley (New York-born Professional Basketball Coach) New York Sports Figures Basketball Biography.com
1948 Bobby Orr (New York-born Professional Ice Hockey Player) New York Sports Figures Ice Hockey
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1987 Kenneth Threadgill (Texas-born Country Singer) Texas Performing Artists Country and Western Musicians Texas State Historical Society
2008 Paul Scofield (Academy-Award Winning English Actor for "A Man for All Seasons") English Performing Artists Actors Film Academy-Award Winning Best Actor for Internet Movie Database
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1948 University of Michigan Wins the First NCAA Hockey Championship Michigan Sports Figures Ice Hockey Historic Firsts University of Michigan Ice Hockey State of Michigan
1954 Bobby Plump's Last-Second Shot Wins the Indiana State Basketball Championship for Milan High School Indiana Sports Figures Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame New York Times
1955 The Detroit Red Wings Win Their 7th Consecutive NHL Championship Detroit, Michigan NHL Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)
1965 U.S. Senator, Bill Bradley of Princeton University, Scores 58 Points in His Final Collegiate Basketball Game Missouri Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Princeton University New York Times
1966 Soccer's World Cup Is Stolen from Exhibition at Central Hall in Westminster, London London, England Soccer FIFA World Cup BBC
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono Are Married in Gibraltar John Lennon The Beatles New York Times
1973 Roberto Clemente Is Voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 11 Weeks After His Death Roberto Clemente Baseball Hall of Fame Hispanic Sports Figures New York Times
1985 Libby Riddles Is the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race Libby Riddles Dog Sledding The Iditirod Library of Congress

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