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MAY 18

Performing Artists
1897 Frank Capra (Sicilian-American Film Director) Frank Capra Film Internet Movie Database
1911 Big Joe Turner (Missouri-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Big Joe Turner Popular Musician African-American  Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1912 Perry Como (Pennsylvania-born Popular Singer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Musician
Richard Brooks (Pennsylvania-born Screenwriter, Film Director and Producer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1930 Pernell Roberts (Georgia-born Actor: Adam Cartwright on "Bonanza") Georgia Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database University of Georgia
1952 George Strait (Texas-born Country Musician) Texas Performing Artists Country Musicians
1955 Chow Yun-Fat (Hong Kong-born Actor) Chinese Performing Artists Actors Film
Sports Figures
1937 Brooks Robinson (Arkansas-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Arkansas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1946 Reggie Jackson (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African-American  Sports Figures African American Registry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1963 Ernie Davis (Pennsylvania-born African-American Awarded the 1961 Heisman Trophy) Ernie Davis College Football Hall of Fame 1961 Heisman Trophy African American Sports Figures New York Times
1995 Elizabeth Montgomery (Los Angeles-born Actress: Samantha on "Bewitched") Los Angeles Performing Artists Actors Bewitched
1912 The Detroit Tigers Baseball Team Goes on Strike to Protest the Suspension of Ty Cobb Detroit Sports Figures Ty Cobb Labor Strikes Major League Baseball New York Times
1927 King of Kings First Film Shown at Hollywood's New Grauman's Chinese Theater Los Angeles Film History Channel
1959 Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City" First Song to Debut at No. 100 and Climb to #1 Popular Music History Channel
1962 New York's Al Oerter Is the First Athlete to Throw the Discus 200 Feet Al Oerter Track and Field Hall of Fame Historic Firsts New York Times

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