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Performing Artists
1923 Hank Williams (Alabama-born County Musician; Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Hank Willians Country & Western Musicians Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1926 Jack McDuff (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Organist) Illinois Performing Artists Jazz African American Registry
1928 Roddy McDowall (English Actor) Roddy McDowall Television Film
1931 Anne Bancroft (New York City-born Actress) Anne Bancroft Film
1948 John Ritter (California-born Actor) California Performing Artists Television Biography.com
1960 Kevin Clash (Maryland-born African-American Puppeteer: Voice of the Muppet Elmo) Maryland Performing Artists Puppeteers African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
Sports Figures
1879 Andrew "Rube" Foster (Texas-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Rube Foster Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1929 Stirling Moss (English Grand Prix Racing Driver)  English Sports Figures  Auto Racing Historic UK
1934 Maureen Connolly (California-born Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame)  Maureen Connolly Tennis Hall of Fame
1937 Orlando Cepeda (Puerto Rican Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Orlando Cepeda Baseball Latin American Sports Figures
1945 Phil Jackson (Montana-born Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Montana Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Biography.com
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1997 Red Skelton (Indiana-born Comedian) Indiana Performing Artists Famous American Entertainers
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1920 The American Professional Football Association, Precursor of the National Football League, Is Formed in Canton, Ohio Canton, Ohio Football National Football League New York Times
1932 England's Malcolm Campbell Sets Land Speed Record: 76.27 mph British Sports Figures Auto Racing Historic Firsts History Channel
1956 England's Norman Buckley Breaks the World Water Speed Record (79 mph) English Explorers and Pioneers Naval History Historic Firsts BBC
1957 Louis Armstrong Cancels Goodwill Trip to Russia Due to U.S. Racial Unrest Louis Armstrong Soviet Union American Civil Rights African-American History History Channel
1961 The Minnesota Vikings Football Team Plays Its First Game, Beating the Chicago Bears 37-13 Minnesota Football NFL Historic Firsts Minnesota Historicla Association
1965 The Smothers Brothers Premiere on CBS Television Popular Music CBS Smothers Brothers History Channel
1967 The New Orleans Saints Play Their First NFL Game, Losing to the Los Angeles Rams 27-13 New Orleans, Louisiana Football New Orleans Saints Historic Firsts Louisiana  Secretary of State
1972 M*A*S*H Premieres on CBS Television CBS Internet Movie Database New York Times
1994 In Greenville, Mississippi, the U.S. Postal Service Releases a Stamp Honoring Georgia's "Ma" Rainey Greenville, Mississippi Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists U.S. Postal Service University of Georgia

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