On this day: September 21

Published On: Sep 20 2012 06:09:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 21 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

"The Hobbit" is published for the first time, Jimmy Hendrix becomes Jimi, Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed as the first female Supreme Court justice, and a track superstar dies, all on this day.

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Courtesy of Jacksonville University

1949: Hall of Fame basketball center Artis Gilmore is born in Chipley, Florida. Gilmore started off his professional career in 1971 with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association, winning both the ABA Rookie of the Year award and the league Most Valuable Player award for his first season. He was an ABA All-Star each of his five seasons with the Colonels and also led the team to the ABA championship in 1975, earning playoff MVP honors. After the ABA was disbanded, he was the first overall selection by the Chicago Bulls in the 1976 NBA dispersal draft. He was a six-time NBA All-Star in a career that also saw him play for the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. Gilmore, who led Jacksonville University to the NCAA Division I championship game in 1970, also remains the top player in rebounds per game in the history of NCAA Division I basketball.


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