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Performing Artists
1904 Jean Gabin (Paris-born Actor) Paris Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1911 Maureen O'Sullivan (Irish-American Actress Best Known as Jane in Tarzan) Irish Performing Artists Actors The Internet Movie Database New York Times
1913 James "Buster" Brown (Maryland-born African-American Tap dancer, Teacher, Choreographer) Maryland Performing Artists Dance African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1936 Dennis Hopper (Kansas-born Actor) Kansas Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1942 Taj Mahal (New York City-born African-American Performing Artist) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musician African American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1955 Bill Paxton (Texas-born Actor) Texas Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1956 Bob Saget (Pennsylvania-born Actor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Television Film The Internet Movie Database
1961 Enya (Irish Popular Singer) Irish Performing Artists Popular Musician The Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1903 James "Cool Papa" Bell (Mississippi-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) James Cool Papa Bell Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1909 Karl Schafer (Austrian Ice Skater; 1932 and 1936 Olympic Champion) Austrian Sports Figures Figure Skating Olympic Games
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard (North Carolina-born African-American Member of International Boxing Hall of Fame) North Carolina Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1972 Mia Hamm (Alabama-born Olympic Soccer Player) Mia Hamm Soccer The Olympic Games
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1992 Lawrence Welk (North Dakota-born Bandleader Known for the Polka) Lawrence Welk Popular Music Television
1875 African-American Jockey Wins the First Kentucky Derby Aboard Aristides The Kentucky Derby Historic Firsts Library of Congress African American Registry
1924 First Giant Dipper Roller Coaster Opens in Santa Cruz, California California Roller Coasters Historic Firsts Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
1970 Hank Aaron Is the First Player in Major League Baseball to Have 3,000 Hits and 500 Home Runs Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1978 Charlie Chaplin's Casket and Body Are Stolen from His Grave in Switzerland Switzerland Charlie Chaplin Crime Death BBC
Philips Electronics Announces a New Digital Sound Reproduction System Called the "Compact Disc" History of Technology Business Philips Electronics American Public Media
1982 The Movie Annie Premieres in New York City New York City Film The Internet Movie Database
1991 The First Client-Server Software of the World Wide Web Is Installed and Used The Internet Historic Firsts CERN Technology and Society
1994 Al Unser, Sr. Announces His Retirement from Professional Auto Racing New Mexico Sports Figures Auto Racing The History Channel

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