Basketball in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 112

  • 1876-02-03 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football

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1891-12-21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1892-01-15 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
  • 1892-01-20 1st basketball game played (Mass)
  • 1892-03-11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Mass)
  • 1894-01-27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • 1895-02-09 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Minn Agricult beats Hamline, 9-3)
  • 1896-12-10 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3)
  • 1897-03-19 Yale defeated Penn, 30-10 in 1st major college basketball game
  • 1897-03-20 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10
  • 1923-02-13 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes
  • 1924-02-25 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • 1930-02-15 Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes
  • 1930-03-07 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1933-10-19 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936
  • 1934-12-29 1st collegiate basketball doubleheader (Madison Square Garden)
  • 1935-04-06 H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more
  • 1936-08-14 1st Olympic basketball game (Berlin)
  • 1938-11-24 National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball
  • 1939-03-28 Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
  • 1940-02-28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • 1941-03-24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • 1945-01-02 Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955

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1945-03-26 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1946-06-06 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
  • 1946-06-06 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1946-11-01 NY Knicks 1st basketball game beat Toronto Huskies 68-66
  • 1949-08-03 Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association
  • 1949-08-04 NBL & NBAA merge into National Basketball Association
  • 1951-03-03 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • 1953-01-09 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • 1953-02-21 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • 1954-02-02 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • 1954-10-30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • 1955-01-08 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • 1955-01-08 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak

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1956-12-03 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1958-01-09 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1958-03-15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • 1959-01-28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • 1960-01-26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • 1961-02-25 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • 1961-10-27 American Basketball League starts play
  • 1961-11-06 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • 1962-12-31 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • 1964-01-29 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964-02-29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime
  • 1964-03-21 UCLA completes undefeated NCAA basketball season (30-0)
  • 1967-02-02 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • 1968-01-20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • 1968-02-17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens
  • 1968-04-18 1st ABA basketball championship began

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1970-02-02 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1970-03-04 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
  • 1971-01-30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • 1971-05-27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1972-02-05 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 1972-03-19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • 1972-03-25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • 1972-03-28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • 1972-09-10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)
  • 1973-01-27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • 1973-02-15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • 1973-03-25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York
  • 1973-03-26 UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title
  • 1973-07-01 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
  • 1973-09-07 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • 1973-12-15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game
  • 1974-01-19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • 1974-01-20 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
  • 1974-02-05 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • 1974-03-24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64
  • 1975-01-31 UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1976-03-28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • 1977-02-01 Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball
  • 1978-02-05 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • 1978-02-14 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • 1978-06-20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1978-12-09 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 1979-02-21 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
  • 1980-01-21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
  • 1982-01-29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • 1982-02-24 Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • 1982-12-24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic
  • 1983-12-21 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • 1984-01-08 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • 1984-01-22 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • 1984-04-02 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
  • 1985-01-02 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • 1985-02-08 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • 1985-02-23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
  • 1985-04-04 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

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1986-01-04 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1986-04-02 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
  • 1987-03-12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game
  • 1988-03-17 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • 1989-05-15 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • 1990-01-11 Bobby Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)
  • 1991-01-09 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games
  • 1991-01-12 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 110


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1861-11-06 James Naismith, Canadian physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1875-07-15 Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1891-10-02 H V Porter, basketball pioneer, created fan shape backboard
  • 1892-12-17 Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
  • 1894-07-04 Henry Carlson, basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
  • 1896-10-20 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • 1899-02-03 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • 1901-09-02 Adolph Rupp, American college basketball coach (d. 1977)
  • 1904-08-06 Henry Payne Iba, Easton Mo, US basketball coach (Olympic-gold-64, 68)
  • 1906-02-10 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1910-10-14 John Wooden, basketball coach (UCLA-10 national championships)
  • 1913-12-18 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1916-11-08 Frank McGuire, basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons)
  • 1920-07-04 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee
  • 1922-10-28 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball coach (d. 2007)
  • 1922-11-21 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach
  • 1923-03-31 Donald Argee Barksdale, Berkley Cal, basketballer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1924-07-10 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach

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1928-05-19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 1928-11-30 Joe B. Hall, American basketball coach
  • 1930-08-08 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • 1931-09-07 Al McGuire, US, basketball coach (Marquette)
  • 1932-04-25 Meadowlark Lemmon, basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1933-09-25 Hubie Brown, American basketball coach and broadcaster

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1934-02-12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1934-09-22 Lute Olson, American basketball coach
  • 1935-09-27 Jerome Shipp, US, basketball (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1937-03-26 Wayne Embry, holder of 7 basketball records (Miami of Ohio)
  • 1937-05-30 Harry Statham, American basketball coach
  • 1937-10-26 Dave Gavitt, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979)
  • 1940-02-25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940-10-25 Bobby Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1941-10-31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic-gold-1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1942-04-15 Walter Raphael Hazzard, basketball (Olympic-gold-1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware

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1944-03-28 Rick Barry, Basketball forward (NY Nets, Golden State Warriors), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 1944-04-21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1945-02-26 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • 1947-02-13 Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach
  • 1947-08-11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • 1949-01-28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • 1949-05-30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach

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1950-02-22 Julius Erving, American basketball forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Nassau County, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1950-03-04 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Oly-bronze-72)
  • 1952-01-26 Thomas Edward Henderson, SC, basketballer (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1952-02-24 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Oly-silv-1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 1952-03-09 Iuliana Semenova, USSR, basketball (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1952-04-20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach
  • 1952-06-14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1952-09-18 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach
  • 1953-02-05 John Beilein, American basketball coach
  • 1954-03-23 Geno Auriemma, American basketball coach
  • 1954-08-20 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1956-10-19 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach
  • 1956-12-13 Phillip Gregory Hubbard, basketball (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1957-05-28 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach
  • 1957-09-01 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach
  • 1957-09-20 Vladmir Tkachenko, USSR, basketball (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • 1958-07-31 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner
  • 1959-02-17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • 1959-09-30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1959-10-06 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1959-11-07 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach
  • 1960-04-04 Bev Smith, Armstrong BC, basketball forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1961-12-24 Jay Wright, American basketball coach
  • 1962-05-27 Ray Borner, Australian basketball center (Olympics-1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1962-10-17 John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics-96)
  • 1962-11-23 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1962-12-27 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • 1962-12-27 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • 1963-01-20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1963-12-24 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst
  • 1964-07-19 Teresa Edwards, Cairo GA, basketball forward (Oly-gold-1984, 88,92,96)
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-09-19 Katrina McClain, basketball forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965-11-10 Jamie Dixon, American basketball coach
  • 1966-03-12 John Thompson III, NCAA Basketball Head Coach
  • 1967-05-25 Ruthie Bolton, McClain Miss, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1967-12-11 Katy Steding, Lake Oswego Oregon, basketball forward (Oly-gold-96)
  • 1968-01-13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-03-06 Carla McGhee, Peoria Ill, US basketball forward (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968-05-26 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968-08-20 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968-08-31 Jennifer Azzi, Oak Ridge Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968-09-27 Mark Bradtke, Adelaide SA Aus, basketball center (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
  • 1968-10-11 Cynthia Johnston, basketball forward (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-10-28 Shawna Molcak, Cardston Alberta, basketball guard (Olympics-96)
  • 1968-11-17 Sean Miller, American basketball coach
  • 1969-01-22 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-88, 96)
  • 1969-04-01 Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-1988, 92, 96)
  • 1969-04-28 Merlelynn Lange-Harris, basketball center (Oly-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969-11-14 Sue Stewart, basketball guard (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970-05-04 Dawn Staley, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-09-06 Shane Heal, Australian basketball guard (Oly-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-02-05 Dianne Norman, Sault Ste Marie Ontario, basketball forward (Oly-96)
  • 1971-03-15 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-08-13 Camille Thompson, Salmon Arm BC, basketball center (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-09-07 Tonny Jensen, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-12-17 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1972-05-25 Tony Ronaldson, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball forward (Oly-96)
  • 1972-07-23 Trisha Fallon, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1894-06-20 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-09-02 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport


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1939-11-28 James Naismith, creator of basketball, dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1944-12-16 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
  • 1967-01-18 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • 1977-12-10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • 1984-06-16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • 1990-10-07 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84
  • 1993-01-15 Henry Iba, basketball coach, dies at 88
  • 1993-04-28 Jim Valvano, basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995-07-19 James Smiddy, high school basketball coach (1,216 wins), dies at 71
  • 1998-11-13 Red Holzman, American basketball coach (b. 1920)
  • 1999-10-08 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2000-02-21 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • 2015-12-10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 87
  • 2015-12-27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • 2016-06-28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61