Floyd Patterson beats Archie Moore for the world heavyweight championship and becomes the youngest world heavyweight champion in history, at the age of 21 years and 10 months. He was the first Olympic gold medalist to win a professional heavyweight title.
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Larry Bird and Michael Jordan
Boston forward Larry Bird scores his 20,000th career point in the Celtics' 123-95 win over Washington. Also on this day in 1996, Michael Jordan becomes the 10th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points after scoring 35 in the Bulls 97-88 win at the Spurs.
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Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson rushes for 221 yards in just his fifth career NFL game as the Raiders beat Seattle 37-14. Jackson scores on runs of 91 and two yards, and adds a 14-yard touchdown catch.
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Free agent Mike Mussina inks an $88.5 million, six-year contract with the Yankees. The ten-year veteran compiled a 147-81 record with a 3.53 ERA as an Oriole hurler.
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The Boston Bruins traded captain Joe Thornton (pictured) to the San Jose Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart.
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Born on this Day
Bill Walsh (1931) Paul Westphal (1950) Bob Tewksbury (1960) Bo Jackson (1962) Mike Zandofsky (1965) Larry Brown (1969, pictured) Ray Durham (1971) Ivan Rodriguez (1971) Marcellus Wiley (1974) Luther Broughton (1974) Andres Nocioni (1979) Rich Harden (1981) Jason Pominville (1982) Jordan Farmar (1986)
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