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Performing Artists
1926 Big Mama Thornton (Alabama-born African-American Blues Singer, Harmonica Player) Big Mama Thornton Jazz & Blues Famous African Americans
1932 Rita Moreno (Puerto Rican Actress, Singer, Dancer Awarded 1961 Academy Award for Supporting Actress) Rita Moreno Latin-American Studies 1977 Emmy Award for The Muppet Show and the 1978 Emmy for The Rockford Files 1961 Academy Award for West Side Story 1975 Tony Award for Best Support Actress 1972 Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children
1944 Brenda Lee (Atlanta-born Country Singer) Georgia Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians Official Website Biography.com University of Georgia
1949 Teri Garr (Los Angeles-born Actress) Teri Garr American Performing Artists Film
Sports Figures
1854 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn (New York-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Charles Radbourn Baseball Hall of Fame
1924 Felix "Doc" Blanchard (South Carolina-born 1945 Heisman Trophy Winner) Doc Blanchard Football Hall of Fame 1945 Heisman Trophy Winner
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1872 Buffalo Bill Cody Makes His First Stage Appearance Buffalo Bill Cody Stage & Theater History Channel
1882 Boston's Bijou Theater Opens as the First to be Illuminated with Electric Lights Massachusetts Stage & Theater The Light Bulb Historic First Cinema Treasures
1939 Marlene Dietrich Records "Falling in Love Again" Marlene Dietrich Popular Music History Channel
1951 Joe DiMaggio Announces His Retirement from Baseball Joe DiMaggio Baseball Hall of Fame Biography.com
1956 The Hays Code Governing Film Content Is Eased Film History Channel
1981 Muhammad Ali Loses Final Fight to Trevor Berbick Muhammad Ali Boxing Hall of Fame Famous African-Americans New York Times
1987 Charlie Chaplin's Trademark Cane & Bowler Are Sold at Auction in London London, England Charlie Chaplin Actors Film Business & Economics Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
1999 Paul Molitor Retires From Baseball Minnesota Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Minnesota Historical Society
2000 Shortstop Alex Rodriguez Signs Most Lucrative Contract in Sports History: $252M with the Texas Rangers New York City Sports Figures Economics & Business Major League Baseball Latin-American Sports Figures New York Times

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