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1879 Chris Smith (South Carolina-born African-American Songwriter, Performer) South Carolina Performing Artists American Composers and Songwriters African-American Composers & Songwriters African American Registry
1927 Antonia Rey (Cuban-born Latin-American Actress) Cuban Performing Artists Actors Film Hispanic Heritage Internet Movie Database
1932 Dick Gregory (Missouri-born African-American Comedian, Civil Rights Activist) Dick Gregory American Performing Artists U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Performing Artists
1950 Takeshi Kaga (Japanese-born Chef: The Iron Chef) Japanese Performing Artists Foods and Nutrition Internet Movie Database
1956 Hugh Jackman (Australian Actor) Australian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1970 Kirk Cameron (California Actor) California Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1975 Marion Jones (Los Angeles-born Track and Field Athlete) Los Angeles Sports Figures Track and Field African-American Sports Figures Biography
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1940 Tom Mix (Pennsylvania-born Film Cowboy, Killed in Automobile Accident) Tom Mix Actors Film Westward Movement History Channel
1997 John Denver (New Mexico-born Singer, Songwriter) John Denver Popular Musicians Air Disasters
Sonja Henie (Norwegian Olympic Figure Skating Champion) Sonja Henie Figure Skating Olympics
1999 Wilt Chamberlain (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Wilt Chamberlain Basketball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures
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1875 Scotsman George G. Anderson Is First Person to Scale Yosemite's Half Dome California Yosemite National Park Climbing Historic Firsts Arizona Daily Star
1929 University of Georgia Dedicates Sanford Stadium with a Win Over Yale University of Georgia Football Yale University Football Football University of Georgia
1931 Johnny Weissmuller Is Cast as Tarzan Tarzan History Channel
1938 Production Starts on The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz Film History Channel
1940 Film Star Tom Mix Dies in Auto Accident Tom Mix Actors Film Westward Movement History Channel
1967 Cardinals' Bob Gibson's Shutout & HR, Defeat Red Sox in World Series Game 7 Majopr League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1968 XIX Olympiad Opens in Mexico City Mexico 1968 Summer Olympic Games International Olympic Committee
1972 Stevie Wonder Registers Words and Music for "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Trademarks & Copyright American Composers and Songwriters African-American Composers and Songwriters USPTO
1979 Boston Celtic, Chris Ford, Hits the First 3-pointer in NBA History Baksetball NBA Historic First USA Today
1989 Dallas Cowboys Trade 12 Players, 7 Draft Picks to Minnesota for Herschel Walker Football National Football League University of Georgia
1997 Singer John Denver Dies As Ultralite Aircraft Crashes into Monterey Bay, CA Monterey, California John Denver Popular Musicians Air Disasters CNN

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