"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
1977: College basketball coach Adolph Rupp, who won 876 games in 41 years of coaching at the University of Kentucky, dies at the age of 76 in Lexington, Kentucky. Rupp is ranked fifth (behind Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight, Jim Boeheim, and Dean Smith) in total victories by a men's NCAA Division I college coach and second in all-time winning percentage. He's also known for coaching Kentucky in the 1966 NCAA Championship Game against Texas Western, which saw Kentucky's all-white starting five go up against Texas Western's all-black starting five during the height of the Civil Rights Era. When Texas Western won, 72-65, it was seen as a blow for equality and more enlightened coaching approaches.
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