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Posted on: Monday, April 5, 2010

On this date: 1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the NBA's top career scorer

Associated Press

April 5

1915 Jess Willard beats Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the world heavyweight boxing title in Havana.

1927 Johnny Weissmuller breaks his own 200-meter freestyle record by 7 seconds, finishing in 2 minutes, 8 seconds. He also lowers his own record in the 100-yard freestyle to 51 seconds, a mark that stands for 17 years.

1952 Henry Wittenberg wins the 191-pound AAU wrestling title for the eighth time. Wittenberg won over 350 bouts in 13 years, including a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics.

1959 Art Wall birdies five of the last six holes to cap a final-round 66 and edge Fred Hawkins by one stroke to win the Masters.

1967 Wilt Chamberlain sets an NBA record with 41 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-104 victory over the Boston Celtics and a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Division playoffs.

1972 For the first time in history, Major League Baseball fails to open because of a general player strike, which started April 1 and would be settled April 13.

1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hits a sky hook with 8:53 left to play in the Los Angeles Lakers' 129-115 victory over the Utah Jazz to become the NBA's top career scorer. Wilt Chamberlain, with 31,419 points, held the record since his retirement in 1973.

1992 Stanford, led by junior guard Molly Goodenbour, wins its second women's basketball championship with a 78-62 victory over Western Kentucky.

1993 Donald Williams scores 25 points to lead North Carolina to a 77-71 win over Michigan in the NCAA championship.

1997 Bruce Baumgartner wins a record eighth World Cup wrestling gold medal, beating David Musolbes 2-1 in overtime at 275.5 pounds as the United States routs Russia 25-7.

2002 New Jersey's Martin Brodeur becomes the first goalie in NHL history to post six straight 35-win seasons after stopping 14 shots in a 3-1 win over Atlanta.

2004 Led by 24 points from Emeka Okafor and 21 from Ben Gordon, the Connecticut Huskies outclass Georgia Tech 82-73 to win the men's national championship.

2006 New Jersey reaches 40 wins for the ninth straight season after beating Pittsburgh 6-4. The Devils join Montreal and Boston as the only NHL franchises to accomplish the feat.

2008 The Boston Celtics set an NBA record for biggest single-season turnaround with a 101-78 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Celtics improve to 61-15, 37 more wins than last season.

2008 Memphis beats UCLA 78-63 in the NCAA men's semifinals to become, at 38-1, the winningest team ever in a single season. Kansas' Brandon Rush scores 25 points as the Jayhawks stun North Carolina 84-66 in the second semifinal.

2009 Brittany Lincicome sinks a 6-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship, capturing her first victory in a major.