"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
2007: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is sentenced to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed. He would serve 21 months in prison, followed by two months in home confinement, before being released. After his release from prison, Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was reinstated in week three of the 2009 season.
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