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1894 Elzie (Crisler) Segar (Illinois-born Cartoonist: Creator of Popeye) Illinois Artists Cartoons & Comics
Performing Artists
1911 Lee J. Cobb (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Television Biography.com
1925 Sammy Davis, Jr. (New York City-born African-American Singer, Dancer, Actor) Sammy Davis, Jr. Actors Film Television Dance Notable African Americans
1928 Jimmy Smith (Pennsylvania-born African-American Musician, Songwriter) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Musicians American Composers Notable African Americans African American Registry
1930 Maximilian Schel (Austrian Actor) Austrian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1933 Flip Wilson (New Jersey-born African-American Comedian) New Jersey Performing Artists Television Notable African Americans African American Registry
1936 David Carradine (Los Angeles-born Actor) Los Angeles Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1943 Jim Morrison (Florida-born Popular Musician of "The Doors" Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Jim Morrison Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1947 Gregg Allman (Tennessee-born Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Tennessee Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Official Website Internet Movie Database
1953 Kim Basinger (Georgia-born Actress) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com University of Georgia
1964 Teri Hatcher (California-born Actress) California Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1966 Sinéad O'Connor (Irish Popular Musician) Irish Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1980 John Lennon (English Popular Musician, Songwriter Member of the Beatles) John Lennon The Beatles Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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1863 Britain's Tom King Defeats American John Heenan to Be First World Heavyweight Champion Great Britain International Boxing Hall of Fame Historic Firsts History Channel
1914 Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas Universities Form the Southwest Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Texas Oklahoma Arkansas Competitve Sports Texas State Historical Association
1931 George Gershwin's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical, "Of Thee I Sing," Premieres in Boston Boston, Massachusetts George Gershwin Composers Stage & Theater Historic Firsts 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama American Public Media
1940 Chicago Bears Defeat the Washington Redskins 73-0 Chicago Washington, D.C. Football USA Today New York Times
1941 Light Towers Intended for Wrigley Field Donated to Great Lakes Naval Air Station Chicago Baseball World War II USA Today
1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Trade Dixie Walker, Outspoken Critic of Jackie Robinson New York City Jackie Robinson Baseball African-American History Racism Baseball Library
1961 Wilt Chamberlain Scores 78 points for the Philadelphia Warriors Against Lakers Wilt Chamberlain Basketball Hall of Fame Notable African Americans New York Times
1970 The "Count Chocula" Trademark Is Registered Trademarks and Patents Foods and Nutrition USPTO
1980 John Lennon Is Shot and Killed in New York City by a Deranged Fan John Lennon New York City The Beatles History Channel BBC
1995 The Grateful Dead Announces It Is Breaking Up Popular Musicians New York Times

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