1915 Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase the New York Yankees for $460,000, Ruppert pays his portion in cash
1946 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
1959 Pakistani cricket batsman Hanif Mohammad smashes 499 for Karachi v Bahawalpur, then 1st class world record
1959 9th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 28-21; MVPs: Frank Gifford, NY Giants, HB; Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears, DE
1960 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
1966 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH: East beats West, 137-94; MVP: Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals, PG
1967 San Diego is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Rockets; franchise moves to Houston for the 1971-72 season
1970 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
1973 American League adopts designated hitter rule
1977 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
1977 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
1981 AFC Championship, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers, 34-27
1981 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys, 20-7
1983 Edmonton’s Pat Hughes sets NHL record for the fastest 2 shorthanded goals by one player at just 25 seconds apart in a 7-5 win at St. Louis; first player to break a Wayne Gretzky record
1984 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
1987 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)
1987 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0
1988 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
1989 Denver Nuggets’ rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
1990 Bobby Knight becomes basketball’s Big 10 winningest coach (229)
1991 Ben Johnson’s 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finishes 2nd
1992 US female Figure Skating championship won by Kristi Yamaguchi
1995 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) granted CFL franchise, experiment only lasts one season
1995 NHLPA & owners agree to end NHL strike
1998 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
1998 NFC Championship, 3Com Park, SF: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-10
1998 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
2001 New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for NBA-record 29th straight game in a 76-75 loss to the Houston Rockets; streak snaps 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55
2003 Washington right wing Jaromír Jágr scores his 10th career hat-trick and adds 4 assists for 7 points and his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against Florida; Jágr has 20+ goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons
2004 ”4th and 26”, trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
2004 Washington Capitals’ German goaltender Olaf Kölzig records his 32nd NHL career shutout in a 1-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers
2016 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40
2021 College Football, National Championship, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida: #1 Alabama beats #3 Ohio State, 52-24

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