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Performing Artists
1897 Walter Winchell (New York City-born Entertainment Columnist, Commentator) Walter Winchell Journalism Radio
1915 Billie Holiday (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Pennsyvlania Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Official Web Site Internet Movie Database
1920 Ravi Shankar (Indian Musician (Sitar), Father of Nora Jones, Mentor to the Beatles) Ravi Shankar Popular Musicians The Beatles
1927 Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian Jazz Percussionist) Nigerian Performing Artists Jazz 1991 Grammy Award African American Registry
1928 James Garner (Oklahoma-born Actor) James Garner Actors Film Television
1939 Francis Ford Coppola (Detroit-born Filmmaker) Francis Ford Coppola Filmmakers
David Frost (British Television Journalist, Interviewer David Frost Journalism Television
1954 Jackie Chan (Chinese Action-Movie Actor) Jackie Chan Actors Film Asian-American Performing Artists
1964 Russell Crowe (New Zealand-born Actor) New Zealand Performing Artists Actors Film 2001 Academy Award for Best Actor in The Galdiator
Sports Figures
1859 Walter Camp (Connecticut-born Member of the Football Hall of Fame: Father of Modern Football) Walter Camp Father of American Football Football Hall of Fame
1873 John McGraw (New York-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame: Major League Manager) New York Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1893 Benny Leonard (New York City-born American Lightweight Boxing Champion: 1917-1925) New York City Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame
1954 Tony Dorsett (African-American Member of the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame, Born in Pennsylvania) Pennyslvania Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures 1976 Heisman Trophy Winner Football Hall of Fame
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1891 P.T. Barnum (Connecticut-born Circus Owner, Promoter) P.T. Barnum American Entertainers History Channel
1968 Jim Clark (World Auto Racing Champion: Killed at Hockenheim Race Course) Scottish Sports Figures Auto Racing BBC
1931 Seals Stadium Opens and for 26 Years Will Serve as the Home Field for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Sports Figures Baseball Architecture Learn California
1932 Gene Sarazen's Double Eagle Propels Him to Eventual Victory in The Masters New York Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters New York Times
1943 The NFL Mandates Players Must Wear Helmets Football The NFL New York Times
1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical South Pacific Opens on Broadway New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
1968 World Auto Racing Champion, Jim Clark, Is Killed at the Hockenheim Race Course Scottish Sports Figures Auto Racing Death BBC
1970 In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Brewers Play Their First Game Against the California Angels in Front of 37,237 Fans at County Stadium Milwaukee, Wisconsin California Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society

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