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Performing Artists
1846 Oscar Hammerstein (German-born Theatrical Impresario; Grandfather of Composer Oscar Hammerstein II) German Composers Musical Theater Biography.com
1903 Fernandel (French Comedian) French Performing Artists Stage and Theater Internet Movie Database
1906 Roberto Rossellini (Italian Film Director) Italian Performing Artists Filmmakers Biography.com
1910 Mary Lou Williams (Georgia-born African-American Pianist, Arranger, Composer) Mary Lou Williams Jazz American Composers African-American Composers
1911 Robert Johnson (Mississippi-born African-American Blues Guitarist) Robert Johnson Jazz and Blues African-American Performing Artists
1926 Don Rickles (New York City-born Comedian) New York Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1940 Rick Nelson (California-born Popular Singer) California Performing Artists Popular Musicians Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1943 Toni Tennille (Alabama-born Popular Singer) Alabama Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1945 Keith Jarrett (Pennsylvania-born Jazz Pianist and Composer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Jazz American Composers and Songwriters Biography.com
1964 Melissa Gilbert (Los Angeles-born Actress; Laura Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie") Los Angeles Performing Artists Actors Film Television Biography.com
1972 Darren Hayes (Australian Actor) Australian Peforming Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1975 Enrique Iglesias (Spanish Actor) Spanish Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1893 Francis DeSales Ouimet (Massachusetts-born Father of Modern Golf) Massachusetts Sports Figures Golf Merriam-Webster
1895 Joselito (Spanish Bullfighter) Spanish Sports Figures
1901 Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes (Tennessee-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Tennessee Sports Figures African American Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African American Registry
1932 Charles "Sonny" Liston (Arkansas-born African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion) Arkansas Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Biography.com African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1886 Atlanta's Jacob's Pharmacy Sells First Coca-Cola as a Tonic Georgia Businesses Coca-Cola Library of Congress
1914 Paramount Pictures Is Formed Film Businesses History Channel
1942 Irving Berlin Copyrights "White Christmas" Irving Berlin Copyright Popular Music Christmas USPTO
1970 The Beatles Release Their Album Let It Be The Beatles Popular Music MP3.com
1973 Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, Michigan Is the First Girl to Play in the Little League Ypsilanti, Michigan Female American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Little League Baseball Historical Society of Michigan
1984 Soviets Announce Boycott of 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Soviet Union Los Angeles The Olympic Games History Channel BBC

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