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Performing Artists
1895 Jimmie Noone (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Musician) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1928 Shirley Temple Black (California-born Actress, Diplomat) Shirley Temple U.S. Government Actors Film
1936 Roy Orbison (Texas-born Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Texas Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Official Web Site Biography Texas State historical Association
1941 Lee Majors (Michigan-born Actor) Michigan Performing Artists Actors Television Biography
1944 Sandra Dee (New Jersey-born Actress) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Film Biography
1949 Joyce DeWitt (West Virginia-born Actress) West Virginia Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1957 Jan Hooks (Georgia-born Actress) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1960 Valerie Bertinelli (Delaware-born Actress) Delaware Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1961 George Lopez (California-born Latin-American Comedic Actor) California Performing Artists Actors Television Latin-American Performing Artists Biography
1976 Gabriel Damon (Nevada-born Actor) Nevada Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1881 Claude Carter (South African Cricket Player) South African Sports Figures Cricket
1916 Bud Wilkinson (Minnesota-born Football Coach: Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Minnesota Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame
1921 Warren Spahn (New York-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) New York Sports Figures Baseball
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1984 William "Red" Garland (Texas-born African-American Jazz Pianist) Texas Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists All About Jazz Texas State historical Association
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1876 In Oregon, the Portland Cricket Club Plays Its Opening Match of the Season Portland, Oregon Cricket SalemOregon.com
1896 The Vitascope System for Projecting Movies onto a Screen Is Demonstrated in New York City New York City Film Historic Firsts New York Times
1911 Bob Burman Sets a Land Speed Record at Daytona Beach, Florida Covering One Mile in 25.4 Seconds. Driving a 200 HP "Blitzen" Benz Daytona Beach, Florida Auto Racing Florida Historical Society
1940 Approximately 200 People Die in a Natchez, Mississippi Dance Hall Fire Mississippi Dance Fire Safety Death New York Times
1954 Hank Aaron Hits His First Major League Home Run Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society University of Georgia
1956 Elvis Makes an Unsuccessful Debut in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada Elvis Historic Firsts History Channel
1985 Coca-Cola Changes Its Formula and Offers "New" Coke Coca-Cola Businesses & Corporations University of Georgia
1987 Chrysler Announces Pending Purchase of Lamborghini Chrysler Lamborghini Businesses & Corporations History Channel
1992 McDonald's Opens Its First Fast-Food Restaurant in the Chinese Capital of Beijing China Foods and Nutrition Business Death Historic Firsts MacDonald's New York Times

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