- 1901 - Hall of Famer Fred Zollner, a pioneer in professional basketball who played a key role in the merger of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA) into the National Basketball Association, is born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
- 1933 - Lennie Rosenbluth, the first superstar from the University of North Carolina, is born in the Bronx, New York.
- 1968 - The NBA grants expansion franchises to Milwaukee (who will be named the Bucks, above) and Phoenix (the Suns, right).
- 1972 - The Indoor Stadium at Duke University, home of the Blue Devils basketball team, is renamed Cameron Indoor Stadium after coach Eddie Cameron, who drew up the original plans for the stadium. The unranked Blue Devils commemorate the event by upseting third-ranked North Carolina, 76-74.
- 1983 - The Portland Trail Blazers outscore the Houston Rockets, 17-0, in overtime to win, 113-96. Houston becomes the first NBA team ever to be held scoreless in overtime.
- 1992 - Philadelphia Sixer Charles Barkley (right) pulls down a game-high 14 rebounds to help lead the 76ers to a 119-109 win over New York at the Spectrum. Those 14 boards bring Barkley's career rebound total to 6,442, which sets a new 76ers record, surpassing former leaders Billy Cunningham and Wilt Chamberlain.
- 1993 - Morgan Wootten, DeMatha's Hall of Fame Coach, wins his 1,000th game, becoming the fifth high school coach to reach that milestone.
- 1997 - In the first stage of the first WNBA Draft a total of 16 players are assigned to teams, including Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie, and Sheryl Swoopes.
- 2006 - Right: Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers victory against the Toronto Raptors. In addition to breaking the previous franchise record of 71 set by Elgin Baylor, his point total in that game is the second-highest in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.