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DECEMBER 21

Sports Figures
1911 Josh Gibson (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Josh Gibson African-American Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1926 Joe Paterno (New York City-born Football Coach) New York City Sports Figures Football Penn State University
1954 Chris Evert (Florida-born Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) Chris Evert International Tennis Hall of Fame
1959 Florence Griffith Joyner (California-born Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Florence Griffith Joyner African-American Sports Figures Track and Field Hall of Fame Olympics
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1824 James Parkinson (English Physician Who First Identified the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease) English Scientists & Mathematicians Parkinson's Disease
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1891 James Naismith Invents Basketball and the First Game Is Played at Springfield, College, MA James Naismith Massachusetts Historic Firsts Springfield College Basketball Hall of Fame Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1897 The Name of the Georgia Lunatic Asylum Is Changed to the Georgia State Sanitarium Georgia Mental Health University of Georgia
1967 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills One in Northern Chile Chile Earthquake Death USGS
1975 Oakland' s 48-year-old George Blanda Ends Career with 4 PATs v. Kansas City Pennsylvania Sports Figures Pro Football Hall of Fame USA Today
1984 6-7 Georgeann Wells Jams First Dunk in Women's Basketball History West Virginia Basketball Historic Firsts New York Times West Virginia Archive

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