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1962 – Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlin scores 73 points in the Warrior’s 135-117 win over the Chicago Packers. At that time it is the most points scored in an NBA regulation game, and remains tied third for highest total.

1968 – Minnesota North Star player Bill Masterson suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later, becoming the fist player to die as the result of a game.

1972 – Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Association of Baseball Leagues, and is allowed to umpire baseball. Opening the door as the first woman to umpire professional baseball.

1976 – Future undisputed middleweight boxing champion “Marvelous Marvin Hagler” suffers his first career loss in a controversial 10 round majority decision to Bobby Watts at the Philadelphia Spectrum.

1982 – An MLB record 21 times selected as an All Star, but better known for breaking Babe Ruth’s homerun record  “Hammering” Hank Aaron gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1983 – The American Medical Association urges a ban on the sports of boxing. Citing Muhammad Ali’s deteriorating condition.

1985 – Wayne Gretzky scores his 400th career NHL goal in just his 436th career game. 

1999 – NBA great Michael Jordan announces his second retirement just prior to start of a lockout shortened 1998-99 NBA season.

2002 – In a controversial move Marty Schottenheimer is fired as the head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season.

2019 – James Harden continues a hot scoring streak, notching his 16th straight game with 30+ points after a 38-point night against Orlando. This tied Kobe Bryant for most consecutive 30-point games. 

2020 – Houston Astros Manager AJ Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow are fired by team owner Jim Crane for their roles in the sign stealing scandal after MLB suspends both for one year.

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