- 1943 - Tom and Dick Van Arsdale, the twins who would rack up almost 30,000 NBA points between them, are born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- 1950 - (Right) Five-time ABA All-Star and eleven-time NBA All-Star Julius "Dr. J" Erving is born in Roosevelt (Long Island), New York.
- 1962 - Thirty years before Hack-a-Shaq gets its name, it is used. Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors attempted an NBA record 34 free throws in a 139-121 Warrior victory over St. Louis.
- 1975 - Madison Square Garden hosts its first women's collegiate basketball game. In a rematch of the 1973 national championship game, the defending national champion Immaculata Mighty Macs turn back Queens College, 65-31 before a crowd of 11,969.
- 1985 - George Gervin of San Antonio scores his 25,000th career point (ABA/NBA combined) in a 118-111 win over Phoenix.
- 1992 - Don Nelson becomes the ninth coach in NBA history and second youngest to Red Auerbach Coach to win 700 games in the Great Western Forum after Warriors beat the Lakers 126-124. he won it faster than any other coach except Red Auerbach (1,091 games)
- 1994 - The Schick Rookie Game, showcasing first-year NBA players, is introduced in Minneapolis, replacing the Schick Legends Game.
- 2008 - Indiana University fires Coach Kelvin Sampson amid allegations of five major NCAA violations. IU softens the blow with a $750,000 payout to accompany the pink slip.