1953 — The US Supreme Court rules 7-2 that baseball is not subject to antitrust laws, maintaining the game is a sport, not a business.
1961 — PGA eliminates Caucasians-only rule
1984 — Boston’s Larry Bird and Philadelphia’s Julius Erving exchange punches late in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 130-119 win over the 76ers. Bird, with 42 points, is called for an offensive foul at 1:38 with the Celtics up 95-75. Philadelphia center Moses Malone grabs Bird around his neck and holds him as Erving hits Bird several times. The benches clear and Bird and Erving, with 6 points, are ejected.
1989 — The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Seattle SuperSonics 155-154 in five overtimes, matching the second-longest game in NBA history. The game is the longest game since the advent of the 24-second shot clock in 1954. Seattle’s Dale Ellis sets an NBA record by playing 69 of the 73 minutes.
1996 — Evander Holyfield pounds Mike Tyson into submission at 37 seconds of the 11th round to win the WBA heavyweight title in Las Vegas. Holyfield, a 7-1 underdog, becomes the second man to hold a piece of the heavyweight title three times.
2011 — Joe Paterno is fired by the Penn State board of trustees despite saying he would retire as coach after the football season ended. Paterno is brought down by the growing furor over the handling of child sex abuse allegations against assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State President Graham Spanier is also ousted.