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Performing Artists
1898 Bessie Smith (Tennessee-born African-American Blues Singer) Bessie Smith Jazz and Blues Vocalist African American Performing Artists
1917 Hans Conried (Maryland-born Actor) Maryland Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1920 Hilda Simms (Minnesota-born African-American Actress) Minnesota Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film African American Performing Artists African American Registry Internet Movie Database
1933 Roy Clark (Virginia-born Country Singer, Musician) Virginia Performng Artists  Country & Western Musicians Internet Movie Database
Elizabeth Montgomery (California-born Actress; Star of the Television Series Bewitched) California Performing Artists Actors Television Biography.com
1938 Claudia Cardinale (Italian Actress) Italian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1959 Emma Thompson (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1990 Emma Watson (English Actress) Emily Watson Harry Potter Actors Film Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1957 Evelyn Ashford (Louisiana-born African-American Member of the International; Track and Field Hall of Fame) Louisiana Sports Figures Track & Field Hall of Fame Olympics Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1990 Greta Garbo (Swedish Actress) Greta Garbo Actors Film
Ava Gardner (North Carolina-born Actress) Ava Gardner Actors Film
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1916 Minnesota's First Regulated Trout Season Opens Minnesota Fishing & Hunting Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1927 In Los Angeles, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford Are Two of the First Celebrities to Leave Their Footprints in Cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater Grauman's Chinese Theater American Performing Artists Historic Firsts Grauman's Chinese Theater History Channel
1947 Jackie Robinson Is the First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures PBS Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry University of Georgia
1948 TV Talent Show Hollywood Screen Test Debuts Television American Performing Artists Historic Firsts History Channel
1955 Ray Kroc Opens the First Franchised McDonald's Ray Kroc Business Historic Firsts McDonalds Corporation
1964 Ground-Breaking Ceremonies Are Held for the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Home for the New Atlanta Braves Franchise Atlanta, Georgia Baseball Major League Baseball University of Georgia
1972 Elvis Presley Appears in His First Georgia Concert, Performing in the Macon Coliseum Macon, Georgia Elvis Presley Popular Musicians Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1973 South Africa's National Record for the 5,000m Is Broken by Black Runner Matthews Motshwarateu South African Sports Figures Track & Field South African History
1987 The Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Nieves Is the First Puerto Rican Pitcher to Throw a No-Hitter in Major League Baseball Puerto Rican Sports Figures Milwaukee, Wisconsin Baseball Major League Baseball Latin-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1989 93 English Soccer Fans Are Crushed at a Match Between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool. England Soccer Death BBC
2000 Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles Becomes the 24th Major League Player to Reach 3,000 Hits Cal Ripken Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times

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