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Wilt Chamberlain

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain

Profession: NBA Legend

United States of America

Why Famous: Played center for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, and is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history.

He is the only player to score 100 points in a single game, and he won two NBA Championships and four MVP awards.

Born: August 21, 1936
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo

Died: October 12, 1999 (aged 63)
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Historical Events

  • 1956-12-03 Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain makes his much anticipated varsity debut; scores 52 points and grabs 31 rebounds, breaking both all-time Kansas records in an 87–69 win against Northwestern
  • 1957-03-23 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Kansas, 54-53 (3 OT); Wilt Chamberlain of Kansas 4th player to be named tournament MOP despite not playing for the championship team
  • 1960-01-22 10th NBA All-Star Game, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors, C
  • 1960-01-25 Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia Warriors beat Detroit Pistons, 127-117 at Bethlehem, PA
  • 1960-03-14 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA playoff record of 53 points in Warriors' 132-112 win over Syracuse Nationals at Philadelphia Civic Center
  • 1960-11-24 Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record)
  • 1961-03-09 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks
  • 1961-12-08 Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
  • 1961-12-18 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
  • 1962-01-13 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in Warriors' 135-117 win over Chicago Packers; at the time, most points scored in NBA regulation game, and remains tied for 3rd-highest total

  • 1962-02-17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks
  • 1962-02-22 Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
  • 1962-02-25 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row
  • 1962-03-02 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line
  • 1962-03-15 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
  • 1962-11-03 Wilt Chamberlain of the San Francisco Warriors scores 72 points at the Los Angeles Lakers, then 4th-highest point total in NBA history; hits 29 field goals & 14 free throws; remains 6th highest game total
  • 1962-11-16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks
  • 1963-01-17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA
  • 1963-03-10 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 70 points vs. Syracuse Nationals
  • 1965-01-15 One of the biggest trades in NBA history; San Francisco Warriors send Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash
  • 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
  • 1966-02-14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
  • 1967-01-20 Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain makes all 15 of his field goal attempts in a 119-108 win over LA Lakers; NBA record for consecutive shots made; beats mark twice before 1966-67 season ends
  • 1967-02-28 Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal
  • 1967-04-05 '76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds
  • 1967-12-01 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in 76ers' 133-109 win over Seattle SuperSonics; sets NBA record for 22 free throw misses
  • 1967-12-16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago
  • 1968-02-23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
  • 1968-07-09 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers
  • 1972-02-16 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns
  • 1972-03-28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • 1973-09-26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors
  • 1991-03-18 Philadelphia '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey

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