On this day: August 21

POSTED: 12:02 PM PDT Aug 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 20, 2014 

Lincoln and Douglas square off for the first time, Oldsmobile begins production, Hawaii becomes a state, and The Mona Lisa and the Mars Observer go missing, all on this day.

OTD August 21 - Wilt Chamberlain
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Library of Congress

1936: Hall of Fame basketball player Wilt Chamberlain, widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chamberlain holds numerous NBA all-time records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories and is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He also won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage and 11 rebounding titles and won two NBA titles and four regular season MVP awards in his career. He died of congestive heart failure at age 63 on Oct. 12, 1999.

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