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AUGUST 24

Performing Artists
1965 Marlee Matlin (Pennsylvania-born Deaf Actress) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Film Television Deafness Special Needs Education
Sports Figures
1890 Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaiian-born Member of the Swimming Hall of Fame) Duke Kahanamoku Swimming Hall of Fame The Olympic Games Asian-American Heritage
1960 Cal Ripken, Jr. (Maryland-born Professional Baseball Player) Cal Ripken, Jr. Baseball
1965 Reggie Miller (California-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) California Sports Figures Basketball African-American Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1967 Brian Epstein (English-born Manager of The Beatles) The Beatles History Channel
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1875 England's Matthew Webb Is First swimmer to Cross the English Channel (21h 45m) British Sports Figures Swimming Historic Firsts The New York Times
1932 Amelia Earhart First Woman to Fly Nonstop Across U.S. (LA-Newark, 19 hrs) Amelia Earhart Aviation History Historic Firsts The New York Times
1938 Clark Gable Reluctantly Signs to Play Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind Clark Gable Gone with the Wind History Channel
1940 Ted Williams Makes His Only Big League Appearance as a Pitcher Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1963 John Pennel of Northeast Louisiana State College Is First to Pole Vault 17' Outdoors Louisiana Sports Figures Track and Field Historic Firsts The New York Times
1981 Mark David Chapman Sentenced to New York Prison for Murder of John Lennon John Lennon New York The Beatles Law & Legal Resources Crime The New York Times
1989 Commissioner Bart Giamatti Bans Pete Rose from Baseball for Gambling Baseball Crime The New York Times

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