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1919 Walter Bernstein (New York City-born Screenwriter) Walter Bernstein McCarthyism Film Television
1946 Connie Chung (Washington, D.C.-born Asian-American Broadcast Journalist) Connie Chung Journalism Television Asian-American Heritage
1905 Jack Teagarden (Texas-born Jazz Trombonist) Jack Teagarden Jazz
1948 Robert Plant (English Rock Vocalist; Led Zeppelin) Robert Plant Popular Musicians
1954 Al Roker (New York City-born African-American Broadcast Journalist) Al Roker Television African-American Performing Artists
1956 Joan Allen (Illinois-born Tony-Award Winning Actress) Joan Allen American Performing Artists Film Tony Awards
1906 Henry "Bunny" Austin (English Member of the International Tennis hall of Fame) English Sports Figures International Tennis Hall of Fame
1920 Al López (Florida-born Hispanic Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Al López Baseball Hall of Fame Hispanic Sports Figures
1931 Don King (Ohio-born African-American Boxing Promoter) Don King Boxing Famous African Americans
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1925 On Site in West Virginia, Actress Gloria Swanson Has Dinner with State Governor Howard Gore West Virginia Political and Social Leaders American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database West Virginia State Archives
1929 The BBC Airs Its First Experimental Television Broadcast Great Britain Television History of Technology BBC
1930 Philo Farnsworth Patents a Television Philo T. Farnsworth Television History of Technology Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks USPTO
1946 U.S. Army Chronograph Clocks a Bob Feller Fastball at 98.6 mph Iowa Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1953 The Northern Commercial Company Displays the First Televisions to arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Television Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1965 Hollywood Studio System Ends with Sandra Dee's Contract Film Business & Economics History Channel
1971 12-year-old Californian, Matt Throne, Is the Youngest to Bowl a Sanctioned 300 Game California Sports Figures Bowling USA Today
2000 Tiger Woods Wins the PGA for His Third Consecutive Major Championship Tiger Woods Golf African-American Sports Figures The PGA New York Times