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MAY 1

Performing Artists
1909 Kate Smith (Virginia-born Singer and Radio Celebrity; First Person to Publicly Sing "God Bless America") Kate Smith Popular Musicians Radio
1916 Glenn Ford (Canadian Actor) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1918 Jack Paar (Ohio-born Host of Television's Tonight Show) Ohio Performing Artists Television Biography.com
1924 Mabel "Big Maybelle" Smith (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Singer) Tennessee Performing Artists Jazz Vocalist African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Little Walter (Louisiana-born African-American Blues Singer and Harmonica Player) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz and Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1934 Shirley Horn (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Jazz Pianist and Singer) Washington, D.C. Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1939 Judy Collins (Washington-born Folk Singer) Washington Performing Artists Folk Musicians Biography.com
1945 Rita Coolidge (Tennessee-born Popular Singer) Tennessee Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1967 Tim McGraw (Louisiana-born Country Singer) Tim McGraw Country and Western Musicians
Sports Figures
1915 Archie Williams (California-born African-American Olympic 400m Track and Field Gold Medalist) California Sports Figures Track & Field 400m Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1936 Summer Olympics African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1925 Chuck Bednarik (Pennsylvania-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1930 Ollie Matson (Texas-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1960 Steve Cauthen (Kentucky-born Horse Racing Jockey) Kentucky Sports Figures Horse Racing
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1994 Ayrton Senna (Brazilian Race Driver Killed at the San Marino Grand Prix) Brazilian Sports Figures Auto Racing BBC
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1884 Moses Fleetwood Walker Is the First African American to Play in a Professional Baseball Game Ohio Sports Figures Baseball African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts New York Times
1939 Batman First Appears in Detective Comic Books Batman Golden Age of Batman
1941 Orson Welles' Citizen Kane Debuts at RKO Palace in New York City Orson Welles <I>Citizen Kane</I> History Channel
1951 Minnie Minoso Is the First African-American Player for the Chicago White Sox Cuban Sports Figures Chicago Sports Figures Historic Firsts Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Latin-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1963 James Whittaker of Redmond, Washington, Is the First American to Climb Mt. Everest Washington Explorers and Pioneers Mount Everest Historic Firsts History Channel History Link
1967 Elvis Presley Marries 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu Elvis Presley BBC
1980 Dallas Mavericks Officially Become the 23rd Member of the National Basketball Association Texas Sports Figures Basketball National Basketball Association Texas State Historical Association
1963 James Whittaker of Redmond, Washington, Is the First American to Climb Mt. Everest Washington Explorers and Pioneers Mount Everest Historic Firsts History Channel History Link
1991 44-Year-Old Nolan Ryan Throws a Record Seventh No-Hitter Nolan Ryan Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times

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