- 1890 - George Keogan, Hall of Fame coach of two Notre Dame teams named Helms Foundation National Champions, is born in Minnesota Lake, Minnesota.
- 1912 - Cumberland Posey and his Monticello Athletic Association team upset Howard University, the reigning Colored Basketball World's Champions, 24-19.
- 1913 - Herman “Suz” Sayger, Culver High School, sets the Indiana high school individual scoring record with 113 points against Winamac, in a 154-10 victory. His scoring consists of 56 field goals and one free throw.
- 1954 - In the only double-header in NBA history involving the same two teams, the Milwaukee Hawks beat the Baltimore Bullets twice, 64-54 and 65-54.
- 1960 - The New Jersey Nets all time scoring leader (10440 Points) Buck Williams is born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
- 1993 - (Right) Don Barksdale, the first African American to play in the NBA All-Star Game, passes away at age 69.
- 2006 - In the first major professional sporting event in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city more than six months ago, the Lakers defeat the Hornets, 113-107. A sellout crowd of 17,744 shows up at New Orleans Arena, which encountered flooding problems following one of the worst hurricanes in American history on August 29, 2005.
- 2008 - Atlanta defeats the Miami Heat in the first NBA "do-over" game in a quarter-century. On December 19, 2007 Atlanta's scorer mistakenly fouled out Miami's Shaquille O'Neal with 51.9 seconds left in overtime and the Hawks up, 114-111, after the foul shots were made. Miami appealed and the league ordered the end of the game to be replayed. The game ends in anti-climactic fashion, as neither team scores. Despite having only five fouls, Shaq does not play in the redo, having been traded in the interim to the Phoenix Suns.