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1954 – The 24 second shot clock is used in pro basketball for the first time, in a game between Boston and Rochester.

1966 – Johnny Unitas becomes the NFL’s leader in career passing yards, breaking YA Tittle’s record.

1973 – Mets pitcher Tom Seaver becomes the first Cy Young Award winner in baseball history that didn’t win 20 games.

1974 – Nolan Ryan, then with the Angels, records the fastest pitcher ever in MLB history at the time, throwing a fastball at 100.9 mph.

1974 – Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in the eighth round in the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” bout in Zaire.

1997 – Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona announces his retirement.

2016 – The Oakland Raiders set an NFL record for penalties in a game after being flagged 23 times in a win over the Buccaneers.

2019 – The Washington Nationals win the first World Series championship in franchise history (counting both Washington and Montreal), defeating the Astros in seven games.

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