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1944 Frank Oz (English Puppeteer: Known for His Work on "Sesame Street" and Star Wars) Frank Oz Sesame Street Star Wars Internet Movie Database
Performing Artists
1849 "Blind Tom" Thomas Greene Bethune (Georgia-born African-American Composer, Pianist) Thomas Greene Bethune Music African American Performing Artists
1878 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (Virginia-born African-American Stage and Screen Dancer) Bill Robinson Dance Actors Film African American Performing Artists
1918 Claude Akins (Georgia-born Actor) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1926 Miles Davis (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Miles Davis Jazz Trumpeter African American Performing Artists
1939 Ian McKellen (English Actor) Ian McKellen Actors Film
Dixie Carter (Tennessee-born Actress) Tennessee Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1943 Leslie Uggams (New York City-born African-American Singer, Actress) Leslie Uggams Music Actors Television Film African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1963 Mike Myers (Canadian Comedian, Actor) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database Biography.com
1975 Lauryn Hill (New Jersey-born Singer, Songwriter, Actress) New Jersey Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database Biography.com
Sports Figures
1897 Gene Tunney (New York City-born Member of the Boxing Hall of Fame) New York City Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame
1932 K.C. Jones (Texas-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1935 Carlton Chester "Cookie" Gilchrist (Pennsylvania-born African-American Professional Football Player) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Football African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1971 Sheryl Swoopes (Texas-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Sheryl Swoopes Basketball African American Sports Figures WNBA
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1935 Jesse Owens Breaks 3 World Records, Ties 4th, in 70 Minutes Jesse Owens Track & Field Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Jesse Owens' Official Website New York Times
Babe Ruth Hits the 714th and Final Home Run of His Career Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame ESPN New York Times
1937 Tiger Catcher Mickey Cochrane Is Beaned, Fractured Skull Ends His Career Massachusetts Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Library
1953 It Came from Outer Space Debuts as First 3-D Sci-Fi Film It Came from Outer Space Historic Firsts The History Channel
1965 Muhammad Ali KO's Sonny Liston to Win World Heavyweight Boxing Title Muhammad Ali International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures ESPN New York Times
1969 Midnight Cowboy Is Released Midnight Cowboy 1969 Academy Award for Best Picture1969 Academy Award for Directing1969 Academy Award for Writing Internet Movie Database
1977 Star Wars Is Released Film Star Wars Winner of Seven 1977 Academy Awards History Channel
1981 "Spiderman", Daniel Goodwin, Scales Outside of Sears Tower in 7.5 Hrs. Chicago Sears Tower Climbing Chicago Sun-Times New York Times
1992 Jay Leno Makes His First Appearance As Host of the Tonight Show Television History Channel
1997 The Minnesota Twins Retire Number 34 Worn by Kirby Puckett Minnesota Sports Figures Chicago Sports Figures Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Minnesota Historical Society

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