On Dec. 27, 1980, Calvin Murphy begins a streak of 78 consecutive free throws made.
On Dec. 20, 1997, Chick Hearn's streak of broadcasting 3,338 Laker games ends because of heart surgery.
On Dec. 17, 1991, the Cavaliers beat the Heat 148-80 to set the NBA record for margin of victory at 68 points.
On Dec. 14, 1947, at a meeting in Daytona Beach, Dec. 14, 1947, NASCAR was founded.
On Dec. 13, 1983, the Pistons beat the Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime. It sets the record for most points in an NBA game.
On Dec. 12, 1988, the Miami Heat lose at Utah to start the season 0-17, setting an NBA record.
On Dec. 5, 1987, the Spurs retired George Gervin's No. 44.
Leon Spinks won the world heavyweight title, beating Muhammad Ali by decision, in just his eighth pro fight.
It's more than just trivia. It's good knowledge, to put a twist on an old Socrates line.