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1912 Gene Kelly (Pennsylvania-born Dancer, Actor, Choreographer and Director: Singin' in the Rain) Gene Kelly Dance Film
1924 Wynona Carr (Ohio-born African-American Gospel, R&B Singer) Ohio Performing Artists Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1934 Barbara Eden (San Francisco-born Actress: "I Dream of Jeannie") San Francisco Performing Artists Actors Television Biography.com
1949 Shelley Long (Indiana-born Actress: "Cheers") Indiana Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1978 Kobe Bryant (Pennsylvania-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Pennsylvania Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures NBA
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1926 Rudolph Valentino (Italian-born Actor) Rudolph Valentino Actors Film
1960 Oscar Hammerstein II (New York City-born Librettist for Broadway Musicals) New York City Composers & Songwriters American Composers Stage & Theater Internet Broadway Database
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1936 17-year-old Bob Feller Makes Major League Debut Striking Out 15 Iowa Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times
1943 LIFE Magazine Features the Lindy Hop on Its Cover Dance Life Magazine with the Lindy hop
1957 Monterrey, Mexico Is First Non-American Team to Win Baseball's Little League World Series Mexico Baseball Little League World Series Hispanic Heritage USA Today
1961 Atlanta City Tennis Courts Are Closed to Prevent Use by Four African Americans Georgia Human Rights/Civil Rights Tennis African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1962 First Live Television Satellite Broadcast Between U.S. & Europe European History Television History of Technology Historic Firsts
1975 Detroit Lions Play Their First game in the New Pontiac Silverdome Detroit Football The Detroit Lions Michigan Historical Center
1977 Bryan Allen Pedals Gossamer Condor for First Human-powered Flight of 1+ Miles Gossamer Condor Historic Firsts National Air and Space Museum
Cincinnati Bengal Trademark Registered Patents & Trademarks Football U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1979 Russian Ballet Star Aleksandr Godunov Defects to the United States Russian Performing Artists Ballet The Cold War History Channel
2000 51 Million Viewers Watch Richard Hatch Win $1 Million Prize on ''Survivor'' Television New York Times

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