1936 – The first basketball Gold Medal game is played in the Olympics at Berlin. USA defeat Canada 19-8 in front of 1,000 spectators – including Dr. James Naismith (the creator of basketball) – during a rainstorm on an outdoor court.
1959 – Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. is born in Michigan. Magic was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. Magic Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists over 13 seasons, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have had Magic’s #32 jersey retired since 1992. Magic is a 3x NBA MVP (1987, 1989, 1990) as well as a 12x NBA All-Star, winning 2 NBA All-Star MVPs in 1990 and 1992. Magic won 5 NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) as well as being named the NBA Finals MVP in 1980, 1982 and 1987. Magic was drafted number 1 overall in the 1979 draft after 2 years at Michigan State University where he averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
1994 – The “Dream Team II” demolishes Russia 137-91 to win the Gold Medal in the FIBA World Championship in Toronto.
1948 – Team USA win the Olympic Gold Medal in London. They defeated France 65-21.
2002 – Edna Campbell returns to play for the Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) after overcoming breast cancer twice.
1889 – Arthur Schabinger (Hall of Fame coach) was born in Kansas. Schabinger was a founder of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
1904 – Hank Iba (Hall of Fame coach and coach of 2 Olympic Gold Medals) was born in Missouri. Iba is a legendary coach Oklahoma A&M and had an overall head coaching record of 751-340 (68.8%) in basketball and 90-41 (68.7%) in baseball.
1965 – David Robinson was born in Florida. The Admiral retired with career averages of 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks over 14 seasons (all with the San Antonio Spurs). Robinson was also a member of the Dream Team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a 10 time NBA All-Star, a 10x All-NBA team member (4 All-NBA First team, 2 All-NBA Second team, 3 All-NBA Third team) and an 8x NBA All-Defensive Team (4x All-Defensive First team and 4x All-Defensive Second team).