- 1902 - Harry "Bucky" Lew (right) plays for Lowell against Marlborough in a New England Basketball League game, becoming the first African American to appear in a pro basketball game.
- 1923 - Hall of Fame Italian coach Cesare Rubini, the only basketball Hall of Famer who is also a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is born in Trieste, Italy.
- 1946 - Red Auerbach makes his professional coaching debut for the Washington Capitols in a 50-33 road win over the Detroit Falcons.
- 1948 - The Washington Capitols beat the Philadelphia Warriors, 77-70, to win the first of 15 consecutive games to start the season, the best start in NBA history. The mark stood for 45 years before it was tied by the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
- 1990 - The Phoenix Suns defeat the Utah Jazz at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym in Japan in the first regular-season game played outside North America by any major American professional sports league.
- 1990 - The Golden State Warriors register a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena, with the 320 points setting an NBA record for the most points scored by two teams in a non-overtime game.