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Performing Artists
1896 Ethel Waters (Pennsylvania-born African-American Jazz and Blues Singer and Film Actress) Pennsylvania Performing Artists American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1922 Illinois Jacquet (Louisiana-born Jazz Saxophonist) Louisiana Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Native-American Heritage Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1927 Lee Grant (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database
1936 Michael Landon (New York-born Television Actor: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) Michael Landon American Performing Artists Television
1944 Sally Kirkland (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database
1947 Deirdre Hall (Wisconsin-born Actress) Wisconsin City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database Wisconsin Historical Society
1950 John Candy (Canadian Comedian, Actor) John Candy Actors Film
1963 Rob Schneider (California-born Actor) California Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1902 Wilbur Shaw (Indiana-born Race-car Driver, Three-time Winner of the Indianapolis 500) Indiana Sports Figures Auto Racing Indianapolis 500
1947 Frank Shorter (German-born Member of the American Track and Field Hall of Fame) German Sports Figures Track & Field Hall of Fame `1972 Olympic Games
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1926 Harry Houdini (Hungarian-born American Escape Artist) Harry Houdini Magician
1988 John Houseman (Romanian-born American Actor, Director) John Houseman Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1991 Joseph Papp (New York City-born Theatrical Producer) New York City Performing Artists Stage and Theater Plays Internet Broadway Database
2000 Ring Lardner, Jr.(Chicago-born Author: M*A*S*H) Ring Lardner, Jr. American Authors Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
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1903 A Brown Water Jug Left Behind by Michigan Football Players Becomes of a Symbol of the School's Rivalry with Minnesota University of Michigan University of Minnesota Football Minnesota Historical Society
1920 Anoka, Minnesota Begins Earning Its Reputation as the Halloween Capital of the World Anoka, Minnesota Anoka Halloween Home Minnesota Historical Society
1950 Earl Lloyd Is First African-American to Play in the NBA African-American History Historic Firsts NBA Basketball Hall of Fame African-American Registry
1957 Toyota USA Is Founded Automobiles Businesses & Corporations Toyota USA
1964 Kelso Becomes the Biggest Money Winner in Thoroughbred Racing History Horse Racing Economics New York Times
1968 The Milwaukee Bucks Claim Their First Victory, a 134-118 Win over the Detroit Pistons Milwaukee, Wisconsin Basketball NBA Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society

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