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1922 Stan Lee (New York City-born Comic Book Writer; Creator of the "Fantastic Four" and the "Incredible Hulk") New York City Authors Young Adult Authors Cartoons and Comics Writer's Almanac
1940 Barbara Dana (New York City-born Actress Children's Author) New York City Authors American Performing Artists Young Adult Authors Internet Movie Database Charlotte Zolotow The Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Performing Artists
1903 Earl Hines (Pennsylvania-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Bandleader) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database Biography.com New York Times African American Registry
1908 Lew Ayres (Minnesota-born Actor) Minnesota Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database
1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (Mississippi-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Mississippi Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1921 Johnny Otis (California-born Blues Musician) California Performing Artists Jazz Biography.com
1934 Maggie Smith (English Academy Award-Winning Actor) English Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Biography.com
1954 Denzel Washington (New York-born Academy Award-Winning African-American Actor) New York Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film African American Performing Artists Biography.com African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1952 Fletcher "Smack" Henderson (Georgia-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Arranger, Bandleader) Georgia Performing Artists Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1976 Freddie King (Texas-born African-American Blues Musician) Texas Performing Artists Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists Texas State Historical Association
1999 Clayton Moore (Chicago-born Actor Who Played the "Lone Ranger" on Television) Clayton Moore American Performing Artists Television
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1895 Auguste and Louis Lumiére Open the First Movie Theater at the Grand Café in Paris Auguste Lumiére Film Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac History Channel
1928 Ma Rainey, Known as the "Mother of the Blues," Makes Her Last Recording Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1957 The 2,000,000th Volkswagen Is Built German Business Automotives Volkswagen History Channel
1958 In Professional Football's First Overtime Game, the Baltimore Colts Defeat the New York Giants for the NFL Championship Baltimore New York City Sports Figures Football National Football League Historic Firsts New York Times

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