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- British athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes his time was 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.
- Following a 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Wales Conference Finals, New Jersey Devils Coach Jim Schoenfeld launches into a profanity laced tirade directed at referee Don Koharski, yelling "go have another doughnut, you fat pig," as he was separated by team officials. Koharski had called a 4-minute penalty that led to three Bruins goals. The Bruins eventually won the series four games to three.
- The National Hockey League's Hartford Whalers left Hartford and officially became known as the Carolina Hurricanes.
- In just his fifth Major League start and against a strong-hitting Houston Astros team, Kerry Wood (Chicago Cubs) struck out 20 batters, tying the single-game strikeout record. It would have been a no-hitter if not for an infield single by Ricky Gutierrez in the 3rd inning. This is widely thought to have been one of the most dominating pitching performances ever. In Bill James' Game Score, this game is ranked the best pitched 9-inning game of all time.