- 1892 - Dr. James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball in The Triangle, the International YMCA Training School newspaper. Because it is read by YMCA administrators around the world, it kicks off basketball as an international sport.
- 1920 - Right: Hall of Famer Bob Davies, four-time NBA All-Star, is born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His ball-handling skills got him the nickname, "The Houdini of the Hardwood."
- 1951 - Providence College hero Ernie DiGregorio, who won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1974, is born in North Providence, Rhode Island.
- 1957 - Attempting a length-of-the-court pass to Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman (right) stuns an NBA All-Star Game audience in Boston Garden when his 70-foot throw swishes through the net. After the game, Cousy asks Sharman, "Don’t you ever pass?"
- 1965 - In one of the biggest trades in NBA history, the San Francisco Warriors, in the middle of a then-league record 17-game losing streak, trade Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash.
- 1990 - With :00.1 seconds remaining in a tie game with the Chicago Bulls, Trent Tucker of the New York Knicks unbelievably gets off a wild three-point shot as the buzzer goes off. The basket counts and the Knicks win. In the wake of this incident, the NBA establishes a rule -- known as the Trent Tucker Rule -- stating that "0.3 needs to be on the clock in order for a player to get a shot off whether they make it or not." A shot that is tipped in with less than 0.3 seconds remaining may still count.
- 1998 - Chicago Bull Michael Jordan notches the 28,000th point of his career in the Bulls' 106-96 loss to Philadelphia.
- 2000 - Morgan Wootten DeMatha's Hall of Fame Coach wins his 1,200 game over Pallotti becoming the first basketball coach, at any level (high school, college or pro), to reach that mark.