On this day: September 7

POSTED: 8:30 PM Sep 06 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Sep 07 2012

The Miss America pageant is held for the first time, the Tasmanian tiger goes extinct, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opens its doors, and rapper Tupac Shakur is gunned down, all on this day.

OTD September 7 - Don Haskins
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2008: College basketball coach Don Haskins dies at age 78 in El Paso, Texas. Haskins coached Texas Western College (renamed the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967) from 1961 to 1999, including the 1966 season when his team won the NCAA Tournament over the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. Haskins made history by starting five black players for the first time in a championship game against Kentucky’s all-white squad. He compiled a coaching record of 719–353, won 14 Western Athletic Conference championships and four WAC tournament titles, had 14 NCAA tournament berths and made seven trips to the NIT. He is an inductee of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

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