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1851 Asa Griggs Candler (Georgia-born Founder of Coca Cola) Georgia Business Leaders Official Web Site Writer's Almanac University of Georgia
Performing Artists
1906 Carol Reed (English Film Director) English Performing Artists Filmmakers Biography.com
1914 Bert Parks (Georgia-born Game Show Host; Emcee for the Miss America Pageant) Georgia Performing Artists Television Miss America Internet Movie Database
1928 Bo Diddley (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 Writer's Almanac Biography.com African American Registry
1946 Patti (Lee) Smith (Chicago-born Singer, Songwriter) Chicago Performing Artists Popular Music Biography.com
1957 Matt Lauer (New York City-born Talk Show Host of the "Today Show") New York City Performing Artist Television The Today Show Biography.com
1959 Tracey Ullman (English Actress, Singer) English Performing Artists Actors Biography.com History Channel
Sports Figures
1975 Sandy Koufax (New York City-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame New York City Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Biography.com
1975 Tiger Woods (California-born Professional Golfer) Tiger Woods Golf African-American Sports Figures Asian-American Sports Figures
1984 LeBron James (Ohio-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Ohio Sports Figures Basketball NBA African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1985 Rick Nelson (New Jersey-born Popular Musician Killed in a Plane Crash) New Jersey Performing Artists Popular Musicians Air Disasters History Channel
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1879 Gilbert and Sullivan's Comic Opera The Pirates of Penzance Is First Performed in the English Coastal Resort of Paignton England Stage and Theater Plays Historic Firsts Historic UK American Public Media
1905 In Arles-Salon, France, Victor Hemery Sets a New Land Speed Record of 109.589 mph, Driving a Gasoline-Powered Darracq Automobile French Sports Figures Automobile Racing Historic Firsts History Channel
1927 The Jazz Singer, the First Full-Length Feature Film with Sound, Debuts at the Blue Mouse Theater in Seattle Seattle, Washington The Jazz Singer Sound Internet Broadway Database HistoryLink
1940 Battle of Angels by Tennessee Williams Premieres in Boston Boston, Massachusetts Tennessee Williams Stage and Theater Historic Firsts Mississippi Writers Project
1962 The Green Bay Packers Defeat the New York Giants 16-7 to Retain the National Football League Title Wisconsin Sports Figures New York City Sports Figures Football NFL Florida Historical Society
1978 Ohio State Fires Football Coach Woody Hayes 1-day After He Punches a Clemson University Player Ohio Sports Figures South Carolina College Football Hall of Fame Ohio State Fotball Clemson Football New York Times
1985 Popular Musician, Rick Nelson, Dies in a Plane Crash New Jersey Performing Artists Popular Musicians Air Disasters Death History Channel

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