- 1934 - Right: Hall of Fame player Elgin Baylor, who averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds per game in 14 seasons as a Laker, is born in Washington, D.C.
- 1959 - Chicago is granted an NBA expansion franchise. The team is named "Packers" and they begin play with the 1961-62 season. After a lot of traveling and name changes the franchise would settle down as the Washington Wizards
- 1982 - NBA player Bill Robinzine is found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in Kansas City, Missouri.
- 2003 - The Detroit Shock win their first WNBA title against the Los Angeles Sparks before a sell-out crowd of 22,076, a new WNBA attendance record.
- 2005 - Indiana Pacers guard Anthony Johnson pleads no contest to a count of misdemeanor assault and battery following the November 19, 2004 altercation between the Detroit Pistons and Pacers sometimes referred to as "Malice at the Palace."
- 2007 - Russia wins its first European Championship, defeating Spain, 60-59. Andrei Kirilenko leads the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds.