This day in history: January, 2015

Mitch Moskowitz, Reporter

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1962- Wilt Chamberlain scored a then NBA-record 73 points against the Chicago Packers (presently the Washington Wizards). Two months later on March 2, Chamberlain would again break his record, scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks, a record which still stands today. For the 1961-62 season, Chamberlain would average an unearthly 50.4 ppg and pull down 25.7 rpg, arguably the best statistical season by any NBA player in history.

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1559- Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey. Over the course of her 45 year reign, known as the Elizabethan era, English drama flourished and many English explorers took to the sea in hopes of discovering new territories and trade routes. Her death in 1603 marked the end of the Tudor dynasty.

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1991- A riot at a soccer Match in Orkney, South Africa resulted in the deaths of 40 spectators and left 50 injured. During a match between the Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, both of which were popular black soccer teams in South Africa at the time, a controversial call by a referee caused the riot to break out amongst the 30,000 or so fans in attendance. Most of those killed were trampled when spectators trying to escape battered down a security fence. Some were mine workers who had come to enjoy the game on their day off.