This happened today, December 23

John Brian Gayagoy, Editor

1951 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game.

1953 – Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim “Junior” Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year.

1972 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism.

1972 “Immaculate Reception” Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7.

1997 Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games).

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 30-31 ** FILE ** In this Dec. 23, 1972, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers' Franco Harris (32) eludes a tackle attempt by Oakland Raiders' Jimmy Ware on the way to scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the American Conference playoff game in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 13-7. The play was the "Immaculate Reception," a desperation pass by Terry Bradshaw that deflected off either Oakland's Jack Tatum or Pittsburgh's Frenchy Fuqua before Harris made a shoestring catch. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)