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1913 –  The New York Yankees hire Frank Chance as their new manager.

1945 – A new record is set as the Kentucky Wildcats defeat Arkansas State 75-6. Thus becoming the first to hold a team to just six points in a game.

1947 – Toronto Maple Leaf’s rookie Howie Meeker scores five goals in a single game and later won the league award as best rookie.

1955 – Furman sets an NCAA record by scoring 154 points in a single game. Furman downs Citadel 154-64 at Textile Hall.

1955 – In NCAA Mens Basketball, Georgia Tech defeats Kentucky 59-58 at Memorial Coliseum and ends Kentucky’s 130-game home winning streak.

1962 – Professional Golfer and Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus makes his first professional appearance at the age of 21 and ties for 50th at the Los Angeles Open.

1972 – The NCAA rules that freshmen can play on all teams beginning in the fall. Freshmen were not eligible for any sport until 1968 when the NCAA allowed them to play in all sports except football and basketball.

1980 – New York Islanders goalie Glenn Resch records his 20th shutout with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

1984 – The NCAA announces that the basketball tournament will have 64 teams.

1986 – Willie McCovey was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame making him the 16th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility.

1987 – Jack Sikma playing with the Milwaukee Bucks begins his NBA free throw streak of 51 games.

1989 – NFC Championship. The San Francisco 49ers down the Chicago Bears 28-3 at Soldier Field. Joe Montana throws for 288 yards and three TDs.

1991 – Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins and Rod Carew all elected to Major League’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

1993 – Michael Jordan scores 35 points in a 120-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The 35 points puts him exactly at 20,000 career points. Second fastest to reach the milestone after Wilt Chamberlain.

1995 – 12 time All-Star third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, Mike Schmidt is elected into Baseball’s Hall of fame.

1996 – For the first time in 25 years, NO ONE is elected into baseball’s Hall of fame.

2000 – After a handoff and a lateral on a kickoff with just 16 seconds left to play, the Tennessee Titans pull off what is known as the “Music City Miracle”  The Titans defeat the Buffalo Bills 22-16 in the AFC Wildcard Playoff Game.

2013 – Playing for the LA Lakers, Steve Nash records his 10,000 assists. With just 29.1 left in the half, Nash dished to Antwan Jamison for the jumper.

2018 – Alabama defeats  Georgia 26-23 in the College Football National Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.  

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