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December 25
1934 Santa Anita Park opened in Arcadia, California. A five-year-old mare, Las Palmas, won the inaugural race, the California-Bred Handicap, before a crowd of 30,777.
1971 In what many proclaim to be the greatest game ever, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24 in sudden-death overtime in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game. Gary Yepremian kicked a game-winning 37 yard field goal to end the game after 22 minutes, 40 seconds of overtime. The game ended after 82 minutes, 40 seconds overall, making it the longest game in NFL history.
1984 NY Knicks forward Bernard King scored 60 points in a 120-114 loss to the New Jersey Nets.
1989 Longtime manager of the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, etc., Billy Martin, died at the age of 61.
1999 The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors defeated the Oregon State Beavers 23-17, in the Oahu Bowl. A year after an 0-12 season, the Rainbow Warriors finished 9-4, the best turnaround in NCAA college football history.
2002 During the Las Vegas Bowl, New Mexico kicker Katie Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division I football game. She attempted an extra point that got blocked. New Mexico lost to UCLA, 27-13.
2002 Tulane won the inaugural Hawaii Bowl defeating Hawaii, 36-28.
2004 LSU head coach Nick Saban announced that he will become the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
2008 The Boston Celtics had their 19-game winning streak snapped with a 92-83 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Birthdays Nellie Fox (1927) - MLB player; Ken Stabler (1945) - NFL quarterback; Rickey Henderson (1954) - MLB player; Larry Csonka (1946) - football player.
As of December 25, 2014, at 08:41 AM ET