'46- George Mikan made his professional basketball debut for the Chicago American Gears in a 66-61 loss at the Oshkosh All-Stars in a National Basketball League game.
'75- Mendy Rudolph ended his 23-year career as a referee in the NBA, in which he officiated more games (2,113) than any man in league history at the time. Earl Strom later broke Rudolph’s record and officiated over 2,400 games in his 30-year career.
'83- David Stern was named to succeed Larry O’Brien, who resigned after 8½ years, as NBA Commissioner. Stern officially took over on February 1, 1984.
'89- The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 155-154 in five overtime periods, matching the second-longest game in NBA history (Syracuse-Anderson on November 24, 1949). The Bucks-Sonics game was the longest game since the advent of the 24-second shot clock in 1954. Seattle’s Dale Ellis set an NBA record by playing 69 of the 73 minutes.
'95- The Chicago Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-88, to earn the first of an NBA-record 33 road victories in one season.
'97- New York's Buck Williams played in his 1,270th game, tying him with John Havlicek for fifth on the all-time list.