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DECEMBER 24

1880 Johnny Gruelle (Illinois-born Cartoonist, Children's Author; Creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy) Illinois Authors Primary Children's Authors American Artists Raggedy Land
Performing Artists
1888 Michael Curtiz (Hungarian-American Film Director) Hungarian Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1898 Baby Dodds (New Orleans-born African-American Jazz Drummer) New Orleans Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1908 Jabbo Smith (Georgia-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Georgia Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1922 Ava Gardner (North Carolina-born Actress) Ava Gardner American Performing Artists Film
1971 Ricky Martin (Popular Puerto Rican Singer) Ricky Martin Popular Musicians Latin-American Performing Artists
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1948 The Perry Como Show Debuts on Television Pennsylvania Performing Artists Television Popular Musician Historic Firsts History Channel
1950 The Cleveland Browns Defeat the Los Angeles Rams 30-28 to Win the NFL Championship Cleveland, Ohio  Los Angeles, California Football National Football League New York Times
1972 In Saigon, Bob Hope Gives His Last Show for Members of the U.S. Armed Services Bob Hope War in Vietnam History Channel

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