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1906 Fritz Freleng (Missouri-born Film Animator) Missouri Artists American Artists, Architects & Designers Film Internet Movie Database
1935 Mart Crowley (Mississippi-born Playwright and Screenwriter) Mississippi Authors Plays Film The Internet Movie Database
1904 Count Basie (New Jersey-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Composer, Bandleader) Count Basie Jazz African American Performing Artists
1928 Art Farmer (Iowa-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Iowa Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Heritage
1932 Melvin Van Peebles (Chicago-born African-American Actor) Melvin Van Peebles Famous African Americans Actors Film
1938 Kenny Rogers (Texas-born Country & Western Musician) Kenny Rogers Country Musicians
1949 Loretta Devine (Texas-born African-American Actress) Texas Performing Artists American Performing Artists African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Heritage
1956 Kim Cattrall (English Actress) Kim Cattrall Actors Television Film
1967 Carrie-Anne Moss (Canadian Actress) Carrie-Anne Moss Actors Film
1936 Wilt Chamberlain (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Wilt Chamberlain Basketball African Americans Sports Figures
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1903 First Transcontinental U.S. Auto Race Completed in San Francisco Auto Racing California Historic Firsts History Channel
1909 Barney Oldfield Breaks Five World Records at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Barney Oldfield Auto Racing Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hemmings
1914 22-year-old Golfer, Walter Hagen, Wins the U.S. Open New York City Sports Figures Golf Hall of Fame New York Times
1935 Benny Goodman's Los Angeles Concert Kicks Off Music's Swing Era Benny Goodman Jazz Popular Musicians Los Angeles History Channel
Two-Month Dance Marathon Ends in Fife, Washington Fife, Washington Dance HistoryLink
1964 The Beatles Play at the Seattle Center Coliseum Seattle, Washington The Beatles HistoryLink