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Performing Artists
1909 Jonah Jones (Kentucky-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Kentucky Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Odetta Holmes Filious (Alabama-born African-American Folk Musician) Alabama Performing Artists Folk Musicians African-American Performing Artists National Public Radio Writer's Almanac
1937 Anthony Hopkins (Welsh Actor) Welsh Performing Artists Actors Film Biography
1943 Ben Kingsley (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Biography
John Denver (New Mexico-born Popular Singer, Songwriter) John Denver Popular Musicians History Channel
1948 Donna Summer (Massachusetts-born African-American Singer) Massachusetts Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-Amrican Performing Artists Biography
1958 Bebe Neuwirth (New Jersey-born Actress) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Biography
1959 Val Kilmer (Los Angeles-born Actor) Los Angeles Performing Artists Actors Film Biography
Sports Figures
1959 Ben Jones (Missouri-born Hall of Fame Race Horse Trainer) Missouri Sports Figures Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1972 Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rican Hall of Fame Baseball Player; Died in a Plane Crash Attempting to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Nicaragua) Nicaragua Roberto Clemente Baseball Hall of Fame Air Disasters Latin-American Sports Figures History Channel New York Times
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1879 The First U.S. Performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Comic Opera The Pirates of Penzance Is in New York City English Composers New York City Stage and Theater Plays Historic Firsts American Public Media
1935 A Patent for the Game "Monopoly" Is Received by Charles Darrow Patents and Trademarks Monopoly USPTO
1954 Radio Mystery Program The Shadow Airs Its Last Episode Radio History Channel
1961 The Beach Boys First Public Performance Is at a Long Beach Municipal Auditorium New Year's Eve Event California Performing Artists Popular Musicians Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1964 England's Donald Campbell Breaks the World Water Speed Record Donald Campbell Speedboat Racing BBC
1967 With a Temperature of -14 F in Green Bay, the Packers Defeat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 to Win the NFL Championship Green Bay, Wisconsin Dallas, Texas Football NFL Temperature New York Times Wisconsin Historical Society
1972 Hall of Fame Baseball Player Roberto Clemente Dies in a Plane Crash Attempting to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Nicaragua Nicaragua Roberto Clemente Baseball Hall of Fame Air Disasters Death Latin-American Sports Figures History Channel New York Times
1987 The Last Bluebonnet Bowl Is Played in the Houston Astrodome Houston, Texas Football Houston Astrodome Texas State Historical Association

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