Today is Monday, January 22, 2018
- Fidel Castro was ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter. He later gave up baseball for politics.
- British world racing champion Mike Hawthorn was killed while driving on the Guildford Bypass.
- The 10th NBA All-Star Game was played. The East beat the West 125-115 in Philadelphia.
- Wilma Rudolph set a world indoor record in the women’s 60-yard dash. She ran the race in 6.9 seconds.
- The NBA awarded franchises to Milwaukee and Phoenix.
- Joe Frazier lost the first fight of his professional career to George Foreman. He had been the undefeated heavyweight world champion since February 16, 1970 when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis. The event was HBO's first televised boxing match.
- Reggie Jackson, a free agent at the time, ended five seasons as a New York Yankee when he signed a four-year contract with the California Angels.
- Houston became the first NBA team to not score a point in overtime. They lost to the Portland Trail Blazers after being outscored 17-0 in overtime.
- Bjorn Borg retired from tennis. He had set a record by winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon championships.
- Barry Manilow sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XVIII.
- Annette Kennedy (State University of New York) set a woman's collegiate basketball record when she scored 70 points.
- Minnesota's new NHL franchise selected the nickname Wild.
- Former National Football League (NFL) player Rae Carruth was sentenced to a minimum 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. Adams died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived and lives with the victim's mother.
- Pat Summerall announced that he would leave his NFL broadcasting partner, John Madden, after they called the Super Bowl for Fox Sports. The two had worked together for 21 years.
- Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson held a press conference to announce an upcoming fight. After an altercation the fight was delayed until June when Lewis knocked Tyson out in the eighth round.
- Theo Fleury (New York Rangers) made an obscene gesture to fans at the end of a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders. The next day the NHL fined Fleury $1,000.
- Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) became the third highest all-time scorer in the NBA.
- Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It was the second highest point total in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain had scored 100 points in a single game in 1962.
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July 4, 1939
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