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Performing Artists
1779 Joseph Grimaldi (London-born Comic Entertainer; First Clown to Wear White-face Make-up) Joseph Grimaldi
1888 Gladys Cooper (London-born Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1897 Fletcher Henderson (Georgia-born African-American Jazz Bandleader, Arranger, Pianist) Fletcher Henderson Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1904 George Stevens (California-born Filmmaker) California Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1916 Betty Grable (Missouri-born Actress) Betty Grable Actors Film
1917 Ossie Davis (Georgia-born African-American Actor, Civil Rights Activist) Ossie Davis Actors Film U.S. Civil Rights Movement Famous African Americans
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (Texas-born African-American Blues Musician) Texas Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1946 Steven Spielberg (Ohio-born Filmmaker; 1998 Academy Award for Directing Saving Private Ryan) Steven Spielberg Filmmakers 1998 Academy Award for Directing Saving Private Ryan
1943 Keith Richards (English Popular Musician: "The Rolling Stones") Rolling Stones Popular Musicians
1955 Ray Lotta (New Jersey-born Actor) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Television Film Biography.com
1963 Brad Pitt (Oklahoma-born Actor) Brad Pitt Actors Film
1978 Katie Holmes (Ohio-born Actress) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1980 Christina Aguilera (New York City-born Popular Musician, Actress) New York City-born Performing Artists Actors Popular Musicians Biography.com
Sports Figures
1886 Ty Cobb (Georgia-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Ty Cobb Baseball Hall of Fame
1964 "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (Texas-born Professional Wrestler) Steve Austin Wrestling
1971 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (Spanish Professional Tennis Player) Spanish Sports Figures Tennis
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1971 Bobby Jones (Georgia-born Member of the Golf Hall of Fame) Bobby Jones World Golf Hall of Fame
1984 Santiago Jimenez Sr. (Texas-born Popular Conjunto Musician) Texas Performing Artists Latin-American Performing Artists Popular Musicians Texas State Historical Association
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1920 Ty Cobb Becomes Manager of the Detroit Tigers Baseball Team Detroit Ty Cobb Baseball Hall of Fame State of Michigan
1930 The University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse Is Dedicated with a 25-12 Basketball Victory over the University of Pennsylvania Wisconsin Education University of Wisconsin University of Pennsylvania Basketball Wisconsin Historical Association
1956 Television Game Show To Tell the Truth Premieres Television Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database Merriam-Webster

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