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Performing Artists
1935 Phil Donahue (Ohio-born Television Talk Show Host) Phil Donahue Television
1937 Jane Fonda (New York City-born Actress) Jane Fonda Actors Film Vietnam War
1940 Frank Zappa (Maryland-born Popular Musician) Frank Zappa Popular Musicians
1948 Samuel L. Jackson (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Actor) Samuel L. Jackson African-American Performing Artists Actors Film
1955 Jane Kaczmarek (Wisconsin-bon Actress) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Television Film IMDB Wisconsin Historical Society
1957 Ray Romano (New York City-born Comedic Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Biography
1966 Kiefer Sutherland (English-born Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Biography
Sports Figures
1911 Josh Gibson (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Josh Gibson African-American Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1926 Joe Paterno (New York City-born Football Coach) New York City Sports Figures Football Penn State University
1954 Chris Evert (Florida-born Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) Chris Evert International Tennis Hall of Fame
1959 Florence Griffith Joyner (California-born Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Florence Griffith Joyner African-American Sports Figures Track and Field Hall of Fame Olympics
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1891 James Naismith Invents Basketball and the First Game Is Played at Springfield, College, MA James Naismith Massachusetts Historic Firsts Springfield College Basketball Hall of Fame Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1913 The First Crossword Puzzle Is Printed in the New York World Crossword Puzzles Journalism Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac
1937 Walt Disney's Snow White Premieres in Los Angeles Los Angeles Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs USPTO
1946 Louis Jordan's "Let the Good Times Roll," Debuts on Rhythm and Blues Charts Louis Jordan Popular Music African-American Performing Artists Library of Congress
1967 The Rolling Stones Release Their Album, Their Satanic Majesties Request The Rolling Stones Popular Music History Channel
1970 Elvis Presley Meets President Richard Nixon in the White House Elvis Presley President Richard Nixon The White House New York Times
1975 Oakland' s 48-year-old George Blanda Ends Career with 4 PATs v. Kansas City Pennsylvania Sports Figures Pro Football Hall of Fame USA Today
1984 6-7 Georgeann Wells Jams First Dunk in Women's Basketball History West Virginia Basketball Historic Firsts New York Times West Virginia Archive

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