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The Week in History: April 17-21

It is time for another “The Week in History” sponsored by Cox Family Practice! We will give you insight on what happened this week in history. As always if there is an event that happened this week in history that we did not mention, then feel free to let us know here in the comments section, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

April 17

1939: Joe Louis won the heavyweight boxing title after KOing Jack Roper in 1 round
1953: Mickey Mantle recorded a 565′ home run at Washington D.C.’s Griffith Stadium
1987: Julius Erving scored his 30,000th point, becoming only the third NBA player to reach the milestone
1999: Tim Couch (Univ. of Kentucky) was selected with the 1st pick by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Draft

April 18

1964: Sandy Koufax – 1st pitcher to strikeout an opponents side with only 9 pitches
1966: Bill Russell became 1st African American coach in NBA (Boston)
1987: Mike Schmidts hot 500th home run
1998: Peyton Manning (UT) first pick by Indianapolis Colts

April 19

1775: American Revolution began
1897: John J McDermott won the 1st Boston Marathon in 2:55:10
1960: Baseball uniforms began having players’ names on back
1982: Sally Ride named 1st woman astronaut

April 20

1912: Fenway Park officially opened
1939: Ted Williams first hit (a double)
1982: Atlanta Braves became the first team ti win 1st 12 games of the season
1986: Michael Jordan set NBA Playoff record with 63 points in one game

April 21

1904: Ty Cobb made his professional debut
1967: After 737 consecutive games, Dodgers are rained out for the 1st time
1995: Boston Celtics host their final game in Boston Gardens
1996: Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games

If you know of an event that happened next week in history, then lets us know and we  will use it in next week’s “The Week in History” post.

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