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1945 John Walsh (New York-born Creator and Host of America's Most Wanted Television Show) New York Political and Social Leaders Television Crime Notorious Americans Official Web Site Biography.com
Performing Artists
1914 Richard Widmark (Minnesota-born Actor) Minnesota Performing  Artists American Performing Artists Television Film Biography.com
1915 Una Mae Carlisle (Ohio-born African-American Jazz Singer, Pianist, Songwriter) Ohio Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1921 Steve Allen (New York City-born Television Entertainer, Songwriter, Creator of the Tonight Show) New York City Performing  Artists Television American Songwriters Biography.com
1940 Phil Spector (New York City-born Record Producer, Songwriter) New York City Performing  Artists Popular Music Biography.com
Sports Figures
1954 Susan Butcher (Massachusetts-born Dogsled Racer; 4-time Winner of the Alaska Iditarod) Susan Butcher Alaska Sports Figures Dogsledding The Iditarod
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1970 Lillian Board (22-year-old English Track and Field Champion) English Sports Figures Cancer Track & Field 1968 Summer Olympics BBC
1974 Jack Benny (Illinois-born Comedian) Jack Benny American Performing Artists Television
1999 Curtis Mayfield (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Chicago Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
2000 Jason Robards (Chicago-born Actor) Chicago Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database History Channel
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1908 Jack Johnson Is the First African American to Win the World Heavyweight Boxing Title Knocking Out Canadian Tommy Burns Texas Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures History Channel New York TimesAfrican American Registry
1933 The Nissan Motor Company Is Organized in Tokyo Under the Name Dat Jidosha Seizo Co. Tokyo, Japan Automotives Nissan History Channel
1939 President Franklin Roosevelt Is Given a Private Viewing of "Gone With The Wind" at the White House The White House President Franklin Roosevelt Film Gone with the Wind University of Georgia
1955 Porgy and Bess Opens in Leningrad Soviet Union Porgy and Bess Cold War History Channel

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