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DECEMBER 15

1895 Andy Razaf (Washington, D.C.-born Jazz Musician, Poet) Andy Razaf Jazz Poetry African American Performing Artists
Performing Artists
1912 Stan Kenton (Kansas-born Jazz Pianist) Kansas Performing Artists Jazz American Composers/Songwriters Biography.com
1922 Alan Freed (Pennsylvania-born Disc Jockey; Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Radio Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Internet Movie Database
1933 Tim Conway (Oho-born Comedian, Actor) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Television Biography.com
1942 Dave Clark (English Popular Musician; "The Dave Clark Five") English Performing Artists Popular Music Internet Movie Database
1949 Don Johnson (Missouri-born Actor) Missouri Performing Artists Actors Television Biography.com Internet Movie Database
1963 Helen Slater (New York-born Actress) New York Performing Artists Actors Film Official Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1899 Harold Abrahams (English-born Winner of the 1924 Olympic Gold Medal in the 100m Run) English Sports Figures Track & Field 1924 Summer Olympic Games International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1943 Fats Waller (New York City-born African-American Jazz Musician) Fats Waller Jazz Musicians American Composers/Songwriters African American Performing Artists
1944 Glenn Miller (Iowa-born Big Band Musician) Glenn Miller Popular Musicians
1966 Walt Disney (Chicago-born Cartoonist; Creator of Mickey Mouse and Disney Corporation) Walt Disney Cartoons & Comics
1981 Aubrey Devine (Iowa-born Member of the college Football Hall of Fame) Iowa Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame
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1899 Students Establish a Rowing Club at the University of Washington Washington Rowing University of Washington Rowing History Link
1900 Cincinnati Reds Trade 20-year-old Christy Mathewson to the New York Giants Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame
1939 Gone with the Wind Premieres in Atlanta Georgia Gone with the Wind American Civil War Received Eight Acadmy Awards Including Best Picture Internet Movie Database
1944 Airplane Carrying Bandleader Glenn Miller Disappears en Route to Paris France Glenn Miller Aviation History World War II Death New York Times
1949 Opening Night for Manhattan Jazz Club Birdland New York City Jazz University of Virginia African American Registry
1989 Glory Is Released in the U.S. Film American Civil War African-American Heritage Received Three Acadmy Awards Internet Movie Database

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