On this date: 1960 — Rookie Wilt Chamberlain scores a playoff record 53 points
1954 — Baltimore loses 65-54 at Milwaukee, giving the Bullets their 20th consecutive road loss for the season, and making them the first team in NBA history to go an entire season without winning a game on the road.
1960 — Rookie Wilt Chamberlain scores a playoff record 53 points in Philadelphia's 132-112 triumph over the Syracuse Nationals to send the Warriors to the Eastern Division finals against the Boston Celtics.
1962 — Detroit's Gordie Howe becomes the second player in NHL history to score 500 goals in the Red Wings' 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.
1963 — Guy Rodgers of the San Francisco Warriors hands out 28 assists in a 114-109 loss to the St. Louis Hawks, tying an NBA record set by Bob Cousy of Boston in 1959.
1965 — Bill Russell of Boston scores 20 points and grabs 41 rebounds, and the Celtics set an NBA record with their 61st victory of the season, a 106-98 triumph over San Francisco.
1976 — Bill Shoemaker posts his 7,000th career victory, aboard Royal Derby II, in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.
1986 — Edmonton's Paul Coffey has two goals and six assists to tie an NHL record for most points by a defenseman in a 12-3 rout of Detroit.
1987 — Katarina Witt of East Germany wins her third world figure skating championship.
1997 — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Joey Mullen becomes the first American-born player to score 500 career goals, with a goal in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche. The New York native is the 25th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.
1998 — Harvard women become the first 16th-seeded team, men or women, to win an NCAA tournament game by defeating top-seeded Stanford 71-67.
2004 — Hermann Maier, racing in his first full season since nearly losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident, wins his fourth overall World Cup title. Maier also clinches the World Cup super-G title.
2008 — Lindsey Vonn wins the overall World Cup title to complete the first American sweep of the men's (Bode Miller) and women's titles in 25 years. Vonn secures the title by finishing tied for 11th in the giant slalom, the penultimate race of the season. It's the first time Americans took both titles since Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney accomplished the feat in 1983.
2009 — Miami's Dwyane Wade scores 50 points, grabs 10 rebounds and has nine assists in a 140-129, triple-overtime win over Utah.