Nylon is invented, the "M*A*S*H" finale draws a record audience, Michael Jackson wins a record eight Grammys, the Gulf War ends, and the Branch Davidian standoff begins, all on this day.
1931: College basketball coach Dean Smith, who won two NCAA Championships and made 11 Final Fours during his 36-year tenure at the University of North Carolina, is born in Emporia, Kansas. A member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame, he also coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1997, he retired as the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball. His record of 879 wins would eventually be eclipsed by Bob Knight in 2007, Mike Krzyzewski in 2011 and Jim Boeheim in 2012. Smith, who in his latter years he suffered from advanced dementia, died at age 83 on Feb. 7, 2015.
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