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1803 Prosper Mérimée (French Dramatist, Historian, Archaeologist and Short Story Writer) Prosper Mérimée Stage and Theater World History Archaeology
1901 William Paley (Chicago-born Founder of CBS) William Paley Television CBS
1950 John Sayles (New York-born Author, Filmmaker) New York Authors Filmmakers Official Website Writer's Almanac
Performing Artists
1864 Richard Harrison (Canadian-born African-American Actor) Canadian Performing Artists Actors African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1902 Ed Sullivan (New York City-born Journalist, Television Host) Ed Sullivan Journalism Television
1916 Peter Finch (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1924 Marcello Mastroianni (Italian Actor) Marcello Mastroianni Filmmakers
1934 Brigitte Bardot (French Actress) Brigitte Bardot Actors Film
1964 Janeane Garofalo (New Jersey-born Actress) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1967 Mira Sorvino (New Jersey-born Actress) Mira Sorvino Actors Film
1968 Naomi Watts (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1973 Gwyneth Paltrow (Los Angeles-born Actress) Gwyneth Paltrow American Performing Artists Film
Sports Figures
1887 Avery Brundage (Detroit-born President of the International Olympic Committee: 1952-72) Avery Brundage U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
1913 Alice Marble (California-born Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame) California Sports Figures Tennis Hall of Fame
1919 Tom Harmon (Indiana-born 1940 Heisman Trophy Winner) Indiana Sports Figures 1940 Heisman Trophy Winner College Football Hall of Fame
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1991 Miles Davis (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Trumpet Player) Miles Davis Jazz History Channel
1745 'God Save the King' Is Sung for the First Time At London's Drury Lane Theatre Great Britain Music Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1912 William Christopher Handy's "Memphis Blues" Is First Published W.C. Handy Popular Music Library of Congress
1920 Eight Chicago White Sox Players Are Indicted for "Fixing" the 1919 World's Series Chicago Baseball New York Times
1940 Michigan's Tom Harmon Makes TD Runs of 94, 86, 70 & 7 yds Against Cal Indiana Sports Figures University of Michigan 1940 Heisman Trophy Winner College Football Hall of Fame USA Today
1941 Ted Williams Goes 6-8 in Doubleheader to Finish Season with .406 Average Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1955 The Final Baseball Game Is Played in Minneapolis' Nicollet Park Minnespolis, Minnesota Baseball Minnesota Historical Society
1958 40-year-old Ted Williams Goes 2-4 to Win 6th AL Batting Title (.328 average) Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Library
1960 Ted Williams Hits a Home Run in His Final Major League At-bat Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Fame Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1961 "Purlie Victorious" by Ossie Davis, Opens on Broadway Ossie Davis Plays African-American History Internet Broadway Database
1968 Beatles' "Hey Jude" Longest Record to Reach #1 (7+ minutes) The Beatles Popular Music History Channel
1988 Orel Hershiser Extends His Consecutive Shutout Innings Record to 59 Baseball USA Today
2002 Tom Wright, Clarence Carter, the Harmonnners & TLC Inducted into Georgia Music Hall of Fame Georgia Music Georgia Music Hall of Fame University of Georgia

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