This Day in Black History: Feb. 17, 1963

SPRINGFIELD, MA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Michael Jordan speaks during a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2009 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Jordan

This Day in Black History: Feb. 17, 1963

NBA legend Michael Jordan was born on Feb. 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York.

Published February 17, 2014

Considered one of the greatest NBA players of all-time, Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 17, 1963. Jordan began to hone his skills on the courts growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina. From an early age he had a competitive nature. 

By the time he joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's basketball team, he was already showing signs of being a promising athlete. He won the NCAA Divison I championship with his team in 1982 and was given the title of College Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984. Before going pro, he joined the U.S. Olympic basketball 1984 team that won the gold medal.  

Jordan was drafted by the NBA's Chicago Bulls after his junior year of college but successfully received his bachelor's in geography in 1985. During his professional career, Jordan received a long list of accolades.

In 1986-1987, he became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to score more than 3,000 points in a season. He earned the Most Valuable Player award five times in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1998. He also led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships.

Jordan's popularity on court poured out into the business world, where he received several endorsement deals from Nike and other companies. He also starred in the popular movie Space Jam. In April 2009, Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2010, he became the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Today, Jordan continues to do charity work and run his multiple business ventures. 

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