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Performing Artists
1900 Mervyn LeRoy (San Francisco-born Film Director) San Francisco Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1906 Victoria Spivey (Texas-born African-American Jazz Vocalist, Pianist) Texas Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1942 Penny Marshall (New York City-born Actress, Director) New York City Performing Artists Television Film Biography.com
1943 Richard Carpenter (Connecticut-born Popular Musician, Composer) Connecticut Performing Artists Popular Musicians
1953 Tito Jackson (Indiana-born African-American Popular Singer, "The Jackson Five") Michael Jackson Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
1959 Emeril Lagasse (Massachusetts-born Chef, Restaurateur, Television Personality) Massachusetts Performing Artists Television Foods and Nutrition emerils.com Biography.com
Sports Figures
1858 John L. Sullivan (Massachusetts-born Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) Massachusetts Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame
1945 Jim Palmer (New York City-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) New York City Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1951 Roscoe Tanner (Tennessee-born Professional Tennis Player) Tennesee Sports Figures Tennis
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1853 In Texas, the First State Sängerfest (Singers' Festival) Begins in New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Music Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1900 Boston Symphony Hall Is Opened Boston Architecture Classical Music Symphony Hall
1910 The University of Illinois Hosts the First College Homecoming Football Game Illinois Football Education Historic Firsts University of Illinois (pdf)
1918 Film Studios Stop Releasing Movies Due to Flu Pandemic Flu Pandemic Film History Channel
1951 I Love Lucy Debuts on Television Television History Channel
1953 Teahouse of the August Moon Opens on Broadway Stage and Theater Internet Broardway Database
1964 Florida's Bob Hayes Wins the Olympic Gold Medal in the 100-meter Dash at the Tokyo Games Bob Hayes Track and Field 1964 Summer Olympics African-American Sports Figures Florida Historical Society
1968 Al Oerter Is First Athlete to Win Same Track Event in Four Consecutive Olympics Al Oerter The Olympics Track & Field Hall of Fame New York Times
Wyomia Tyus Wins Second Consecutive Olympic Gold for 100M Dash Georgia Sports Figures The Olympics Track & Field Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures International Olympic Committee
Led Zeppelin Performs Its First Show at Surrey University in England. England Popular Musicians Historic Firsts University of Surrey Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1972 Jackie Robinson Throws Out the Ceremonial First Pitch at the Second Game of the World Series Jackie Robinson Baseball World Series Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Library of Congress
1989 Wayne Gretzky Sets the NHL Scoring Record: 1,850 Career Pts Canadian Sports Figures Ice Hockey Hall of Fame History Channel CBC New York Times
1991 Pizza Hut Trademark Registered Patents & Trademarks Business & Economics Pizza Hut U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1997 In Nevada, British Royal Air Force Pilot Andy Green Twice Breaks the Speed of Sound in a Jet-Powered Car British Sports Figures Nevada Auto Raciing Historic Firsts New York Times
1998 Impossible Marriage, by Beth Henley, Opens on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre in New York New York City Beth Henley Plays Roundabout Theater Mississippi Writers Page
2003 In New Orleans, the Louis Armstrong House Is Opened as a Museum Louis Armstrong Museums Jazz African-American Performing Artists  Louis Armstrong House African American Registry

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