Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.
1961: Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis becomes the first black athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Davis would become the No. 1 overall pick in the 1962 NFL Draft by Washington, although he was later traded to the Cleveland Browns, but would never play in the NFL. He would be diagnosed with leukemia in the summer of 1962 and die on May 18, 1963, at the age of 23.
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