Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution, the NFL is founded, Lou Gehrig belts his 23rd career grand slam and NASA heads for Mars, all on this day.
2008: Gene Upshaw, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the executive director of the National Football League Players' Association, dies of pancreatic cancer at age 63 in Lake Tahoe, California. Upshaw, who won two Super Bowl titles in his 15 seasons as a guard for the Oakland Raiders, had served as executive director of the NFLPA since 1983. During his tenure, he oversaw a player strike, several antitrust lawsuits, and the collective bargaining agreement of 1993.
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