- 1881 - Allie Heerdt, captain of the Hall of Fame Buffalo Germans team that won 111 consecutive games, is born in Buffalo, New York.
- 1928 - Hall of Famer Bob Cousy is born in New York City. In fourteen NBA seasons he scored nearly 17,000 points and dished out almost 7,000 assists. He is the first pro basketball player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated (right).
- 1998 - Yugoslavia rallies in the second half to beat Russia, 64-62, in the gold medal game of the FIBA World Championship.
- 2006 - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts declares basketball its official sport.