1. 1978: Larry Bird gets drafted by the Boston Celtics
On this day in 1978, the legendary Larry Bird was drafted as the sixth overall pick by the Boston Celtics. Bird would go on to play 13 season with the Celtics, 12 of which he would make the NBA All-Star team. He also achieved the award for MVP three years in a row from 1984-1986, as well as wining three NBA championships. At 6 foot 9 inches tall, Bird mostly played small and power forward, and was known for being a fantastic shooter. During the summer of 1992, he was a part of the “Dream Team” with Michael Jordan and company that dominated the Olympics in Barcelona. After that experience, Bird decided to retire from playing basketball but soon after started working with the Indian Pacers organization where he now is the team president.
2. 1973: Secretariat wins the Triple Crown
To win the Triple Crown in horse racing is like wining the NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series and NBA Championship all in the same year. It consists of three races: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. On this day in 1973, the famous horse Secretariat dominated the Belmont Stakes by a record margin of 30 lengths, clinching the coveted Triple Crown. This was the first horse since 1948 to do so. Since that day, only three horses have won the Triple Crown, with American Pharoah being the most recent winner in 2015.
3. Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss is arrested
It was on this day in 1993 that the “Hollywood Madame” Heidi Fleiss was arrested for charges of narcotics possession, pandering and pimping. Back before the internet really took off, Fleiss and her “employees” catered to high profile clients in the Hollywood area and had been doing so since 1988. She allegedly had a little black book that contained full lists of celebrity clients, although the only one ever revealed was Charlie Sheen. In December of 1994 she was found guilty on the pandering charges and was sentenced to three years in prison and given a $1,500 fine.