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1889 John Tunis (Massachusetts-born Children's Author) John Tunis Young-adult Children's Authors Baseball University of Texas Arlington
Performing Artists
1910 Louis Prima (New Orleans-born Jazz Musician) New Orleans Performing Artists Jazz American Composers and Songwriters The Internet Movie Database
1915 Eli Wallach (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1932 Ellen Burstyn (Detroit-born Actress) Ellen Burstyn Actors Film
1949 Tom Waits (California-born Popular Musician, Songwriter) California Performing Artists Popular Musician American Composers and Songwriters The Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1940 Gerry Cheevers (Canadian Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame) Canadian Sports Figures Hockey Hall of Fame
1947 Johnny Bench (Oklahoma-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Johnny Bench Baseball Hall of Fame
1956 Larry Bird (Indiana-born Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Larry Bird Basketball Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1990 Joan Bennett (New Jersey-born Actress) Joan Bennett Actors Film The Internet Movie Database The History Channel
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1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's Operetta, "The Gondoliers," Is First Performed at the Savoy Theatre in London English Composers Stage & Theater Opera Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1925 Johnny Weissmuller Sets the World Record for the 150-yard Freestyle Swim Romanian Sports Figures International Swimming Hall of Fame Actors Film The History Channel
1937 Red Sox Acquire 19-yr-old Ted Williams from Minor League San Diego Padres Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1941 Pitcher Lefty Grove Retires with 300 Wins Maryland Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1955 Greensboro Six Attempt to Integrate North Carolina Public Golf Course Greensboro Six Golf Civil Rights African-American History
1963 CBS Makes First Use of Instant Replay Broadcasting Army-Navy Game Television Football Historic Firsts USA Today
1967 Otis Redding Records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1989 Sugar Ray Leonard Defeats Roberto Duran for World Super-middleweight Title African-American Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame USA Today

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