Today in Michigan History

August 14, 1959

Basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born.

Born in Lansing, Earvin Johnson developed an obsession with basketball. In high school, a local sports writer dubbed him “Magic” for his skills on the court. In 1979 he led Michigan State University to a national championship. Johnson moved on to the NBA where his twelve seasons with the Los Angles Lakers proved him one of basketball’s greatest players.

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