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Performing Artists
1883 Lon Chaney (Colorado-born Actor) Colorado Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1886 Wallace Beery (Missouri-born Actor) Missouri Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1895 Alberta Hunter (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Singer) Alberta Hunter Jazz Vocalist African-American Performing Artists
1897 Lucille Bogan (Mississippi-born African-American Blues Singer) Mississippi Performing Artists Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1909 Abner Biberman (Wisconsin-born Actor, Producer) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1910 Harry Carney (Massachusetts-born African-American Jazz Musician Who Played Bass Saxophone for the Duke Ellington Orchestra) Massachusetts Performing Artists  Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1920 Toshiro Mifune (Japanese Actor) Japanese Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database Asian History
1928 Jane Powell (Oregon-born Singer, Actress) Oregon Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1932 Debbie Reynolds (Texas-born Actress) Texas Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1938 Ali McGraw (New York-born Actress) New York Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1949 Gil Scott Heron (Chicago-born African-American Singer, Songwriter, Writer, Activist ) Chicago Performing Artists American Performing Artists American Composers and Songwriters African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1982 Sam Huntington (New Hampshire-born Actor) New Hampshire Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
Sports Figures
1929 Bo Schembechler (Ohio-born Hall of Fame Football Coach at the University of Michigan) Ohio Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame University of Michigan Football
Nell Jackson (Georgia-born African-American Member of the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame) Georgia Sports Figures USA Track & Field Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures University of Georgia
1939 Phil Niekro (Ohio-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Ohio Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1917 Scott Joplin (Texas-born African-American Musician, Composer) Scott Joplin Composers Jazz and Blues African American Composers
1984 Marvin Gaye (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Popular Singer; Shot to Death by His Father) Washington, D.C. Performing Artists Gun Control African American Performing Artists
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1912 Charlie Chaplin Begins an Engagement At Seattle, Washington's Empress Theatre Seattle, Washington Charlie Chaplin Stage and Theater History Link
1939 The University of Wisconsin Hosts and Wins Its First NCAA Boxing Championship Before a Crowd of 15,000 Wisconsin Sports Figures Boxing Historic Firsts University of Wisconsin NCAA Wisconsin Historical Society
1949 Happy Pappy Airs As First African-American TV Variety Show Television African-American History Historic Firsts Museum of Broadcast Communications History Channel
1963 Daytime Soap Opera General Hospital First Airs on ABC Television Internet Movie Database
1970 American Motors Debuts the First American Sub-Compact Gremlin Automobiles AMX Files History Channel
Bud Selig Leads a Group Which Acquires the Seattle Pilots Franchise, Renaming It the Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee, Wisconsin Seattle, Washington Baseball Business Major League Baseball Wisconsin Historical Society
1972 Major League Baseball Players Call the First General Players' Strike in Sports History Baseball Labor Historic Firsts New York Times
1985 Villanova Beats Georgetown 66-64 to Win the NCAA Basketball Championship Basketball NCAA Villanova Georgetown History Channel New York Times
1991 Duke Defeats Kansas 72-65 to Win the NCAA Basketball Championship Basketball NCAA Duke Kansas New York Times

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