- 1921 - The two best teams in New York City, and maybe the world, go toe-to-toe before 10,000 fans. The game is a physical one, as Nat Holman of the New York Whirlwinds leads all scorers with 22 points -- all of them free throws. The Whirlwinds beat the Original Celtics, 40-29.
- 1947 - Right: Lew Alcindor is born in New York City. As an adult he changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was one of the most dominating players in collegiate and NBA basketball history and as a result was elected to the Hall of Fame.
- 1947 - In the opening game of the first Basketball Association of America Finals, the Philadelphia Warriors defeat the Chicago Stags, 84-71.
- 1987 - Michael Jordan becomes the first player since Wilt Chamberlain (1962-63) to score 3,000 points in a season.