On this day: July 8

Published On: Jul 02 2013 02:59:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The U.S. Air Force begins accepting female recruits, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack falls from No. 1 after six months, LeBron makes "The Decision," and the last space shuttle mission launches, all on this day.

OTD July 8 - LeBron James
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2010: During an ESPN prime-time special branded "The Decision," basketball free agent LeBron James announces he is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to "take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat." James was an unrestricted free agent after playing seven seasons for the Cavaliers, where he was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a six-time NBA All-Star. While the decision was met with outrage by many Cleveland fans, James went on to pair with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to lead the Heat to four straight NBA Finals appearances, winning titles in 2012 and 2013. He left the Miami Heat to return to Cleveland as a free agent after the Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals. He lead the Cavaliers to the franchise's second NBA Finals appearance in 2015 (the first coming with James leading the team in 2007) but lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors.

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