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1927: The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team was founded: The world-famous Globetrotters were formed from the Wendell Phillips High School, as the team played in the Negro American Legion League as the Giles Post. In 1927 they turned professional as the Savoy Big Five under manager Dick Hudson. Later that year, basketball promoter and businessman Abe Saperstein bought the team and renamed it the Harlem Globetrotters. They played their first game in Hinckley, Illinois, and became increasingly famous as they worked more light entertainment and comedy routines into their appearances, but could still play with the best of the professional teams. After World War II, the Globetrotters travelled the world with players such as Geese Ausbie, Goose Tatum, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon, and played over 20,000 games before 55 million fans in more than 100 countries around the world. They were part of the first basketball sellout ever at Madison Square Garden, the subject of two feature films and were enshrined in the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973.

Also on This Day: 1450: Glasgow University

was founded; 1610: Italian astronomer Galilei discovered Jupiter's four satellites; 1785: Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries made the first air crossing of the Channel, using a hot-air balloon; 1999: Bill Clinton's impeachment trial began.
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Date:Jan 7, 2003
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