- 1900 - Hall of Famer Joseph Brennan, captain of the Brooklyn Visitations when they were three-time American Basketball League champs in the 1920s, is born in Brooklyn, New York.
- 1935 - Ten-time AAU Women's Tournament MVP and Hall of Famer Nera White (right) is born in Macon County, Tennessee.
- 1952 - The NBA used to have a reputation as a physical league. Eight Syracuse Nationals players foul out, along with five Baltimore Bullets, in an overtime game. The referees allow Syracuse to play disqualified players, but assess the team a technical foul along with each personal foul they commit. Baltimore eventually prevails, 97-91.
- 1960 - Elgin Baylor establishes a new NBA single-game scoring record, tallying up 71 points, as his Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, 123-108. Baylor broke the previous mark of 64 points he himself had set the previous season.
- 1966 - Bill Russell is appointed player-coach of the Boston Celtics by Red Auerbach, making him the first African American head coach in the NBA.
- 1974 - Happy Hairston of the Los Angeles Lakers sets an NBA record for most defensive rebounds in a quarter when he pulls down 13 in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.