Born August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pa., Wilt Norman Chamberlain was one of the most dominant players in NBA history. He still holds numerous all-time records, including scoring, rebounding and average points per game. “Wilt the Stilt”, who stands at 7’1″, is still the only player to score 100 points in a single game. He also is a four time MVP recipient, a 13X All Star, and is considered one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
On this date in 1972, Wilt Chamberlain became the first player in the NBA to score 30,000 points. He accomplished this feat in only 941 games.
Other “Black Facts” on this date:
1923- singer Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues”, which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
1951- New York City Council passes bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city assisted housing developments.
1957- actor Levar Burton was born on this date in Landsthul, Germany. Burton won fame for his acting in the TV miniseries, “Roots”, which was based on the novel by Alex Haley.
1970- Joe Frazier knocks out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their fight and becomes heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
1983- Nevell Johnson, Jr. was shot and killed by Miami police officer Luis Alvarez. The killing sparked a two day uprising in Miami’s Overton section.