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1898 Irene Dunne (Kentucky-born Actress) Irene Dunne Actors Film
1921 George Roy Hill (Minnesota-born Academy Award-Winning Director) Minnesota Performing Artists Filmmakers Received 1973 Academy Award for Best Director: <I>The Sting</I> Internet Movie Database
1957 Billy Bragg (English Popular Musician) English Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1881 Branch Rickey (Ohio-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Branch Rickey Baseball Hall of Fame
1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (California-born Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame) California Sports Figures International Tennis Hall of Fame
1900 Gabby Hartnett (Rhode Island-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Rhode Island Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1942 Bob Hayes (Florida-born African-American Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Bob Hayes Track & Field Hall of Fame The Olympic Games Football Famous Afrcian Americans
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1973 Bobby Darin (New York City-born Singer. Songwriter) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1911 Denman Arena Opens in Vancouver, Canada as the World's Largest Artificial Ice Rink Canada Ice Ice Hockey Ice Skating History of Vancouver
1932 Al Jolson Records "April Showers" Al Jolson Popular Music History Channel
1946 Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life Premieres in New York City Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed Film Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database Merriam-Webster
The Yearling Is Trademarked Patents & Trademarks Film The Internet Movie Database USPTO
1957 Elvis Presley Receives His Draft Notice for the U.S. Army Elvis Presley Elvis Australia
1962 Don Meyers Sets World Indoor Pole Vault Record: 16' 1 1/4" Track and Field Vault World
1966 The National Basketball Association Awards a Franchise to the City of Seattle Seattle, Washington Basketball Seattle Supersonics History Link

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