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Bill Russell

Basketball Player Bill Russell

Profession: Basketball Player

United States of America

Why Famous: Five-time NBA Most Valuable Player

Born: February 12, 1934
Birthplace: West Monroe, Louisiana, USA
Age: 87 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius

Married Life

  • 1956-12-09 NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher
  • 1977-06-08 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett (39); divorced 1980

Historical Events

  • 1955-03-19 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats La Salle, 77-63; Dons' future Hall of Fame center Bill Russell is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1956-12-01 Led by future Basketball Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, the US wins it's 4th consecutive Olympic gold medal with an 89-55 victory over the Soviet Union at the Melbourne Games
  • 1957-11-16 Celtic Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds beat Philadelphia 111-89
  • 1958-02-12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101
  • 1960-02-08 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)
  • 1961-02-12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125
  • 1963-01-16 13th NBA All-Star Game, LA Memorial Sports Arena: East beats West, 115-108; MVP: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics, C
  • 1965-01-23 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in 104-100 loss to Philadelphia 76ers, led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1966-04-18 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

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