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Performing Artists
1908 Lionel Hampton (Kentucky-born African-American Vibes Musician) Lionel Hampton Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1923 Ann Miller (Texas-born Actress) Texas Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1927 Jane Withers (Georgia-born Actress) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1940 Herbie Hancock (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Pianist) Illinois Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists Biography.com African American Registry
1946 Ed O'Neill (Ohio-born Actor) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1947 David Letterman (Indiana-born Comedian, Television Host) David Letterman Television
1950 David Cassidy (New York-born Performing Artist) New York Performing Artists Actors Popular Musicians Television Internet Movie Database
1956 Andy Garcia (Cuban-American Actor) Cuban Performing Artists Actors Film Latin-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1957 Vince Gill (Oklahoma-born Country Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist) Oklahoma Performing Artists Country Musucian Biography.com
1971 Shannen Doherty (Tennessee-born Actress) Tennessee Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
Nicholas Brendon (Los Angeles-born Actor) Los Angeles Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1979 Claire Danes (New York City-born Actress) Claire Danes Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1982 Riley Smith (Iowa-born Actor) Iowa Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1880 Adrian "Addie" Joss (Wisconsin-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Wisconsin Sports Figures Baseball  Hall of Fame Wisconsin Historical Society
1882 Jimmy Winkfield (Kentucky-born African-American Jockey: Winner of the 1901 and 1902 Kentucky Derbies) Kentucky Sports Figures Horse Racing Hall of Fame Kentucky Derby African American Registry
1907 Pete Desjardins (Canadian-American Diver: Two Gold Medals, 1928 Olympics) Canadian Sports Figures Swiming and Diving Hall of Fame 1928 Summer Olympics
1941 Bobby Moore (English Soccer Player, Captain of England's 1966 World Cup Championship Team) English Sports Figures Soccer
1965 Elaine Zayak (New Jersey-born Figure Skater) New Jersey Sports Figures Figure Skating
1969 Lucas Radebe (South African Soccer Player) South African Sports Figures Soccer South African History
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1975 Josephine Baker (Missouri-born African-American Singer) Missouri Performing Artists Popular Musicians Dance African-American Performing Artists
1981 Joe Louis (Alabama-born African-American Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) Joe Louis International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1989 Sugar Ray Robinson (Georgia-born African-American Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) Georgia Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
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1858 Detroit Hosts the First International Billiards Tournament Detroit, Michigan Sports Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1877 Harvard's Alexander Tyng Wears First Catcher's Mask in a Baseball Game Baseball Historic Firsts Havard University New York Times
1930 Oshkosh, Wisconsin All-Stars Independent Professional Basketball Team Beats the Chicago Majestic, 30-23 for the Midwest Championship Oshkosh, Wisconsin Basketball Wisconsin Historical Society
1939 Woody Herman's Orchestra Records "Woodchopper's Ball" Popular Music WWOZ
1954 Sam Snead Defeats Ben Hogan in a Playoff to Win His Third Masters Championship Virginia Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters New York Times
Bill Haley and the Comets Record "Rock Around the Clock" Popular Music History Channel
1961 Ray Charles Receives Grammy for Best Performance by a Pop Single Artist for "Georgia on My Mind" Ray Charles Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Grammy Awards University of Georgia
1963 Beatles Release "From Me to You" in Britain on Partophone Records The Beatles Popular Music History Channel
1981 U.S. Olympic Committee Endorses Boycott of Moscow Games Soviet Union Moscow Olympic Games The Cold War
Tom Watson Wins His Second Masters Championship Missouri Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated
1987 Augusta's Own Larry Mize Wins Three-hole Playoff for the Masters Championship Georgia Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated
1992 Euro Disneyland, a $4 Billion Theme Park, Opens in Marne-La-Vallee, France Paris, France Walt Disney Euro Disneyland New York Times
Seattle, Washington's Fred Couples Wins the Masters Championship Washington Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated
1998 Goldsboro, North Carolina's Mark O'Meara Wins the Masters Championship North Carolina Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame The Masters Sports Illustrated

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