The Scottsboro Boys are arrested, John and Yoko take to bed, a New York City nightclub fire kills 87, and mad cow disease halts British beef exports, all on this day.
1971: Basketball player Sheryl Swoopes, the first player to be signed in the WNBA when it was created in 1997, is born in Brownfield, Texas. Swoopes has won three Olympic gold medals, is a three-time WNBA MVP and led the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA titles from 1997 through 2000.
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