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Sept. 20, 1917: Arnold Jacob Auerbach is born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Hyman Auerbach and Marie (Thompson) Auerbach. He goes on to attend Eastern District High School, where he is captain of the basketball and handball teams and elected school president.

May 1940: He graduates from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, having played three years of basketball - following two years at Seth Low Junior College - as the team's top scorer and defensive leader. He earns a Master of Arts in Education from GW a year later, but not before he marries Dorothy Lewis.

1946: After on-the-job training as coach of St. Albans Prep and later Roosevelt High in Washington and a stint in the Navy serving stateside during World War II, Auerbach is named coach of the Washington Capitols for the NBA's inaugural season, and compiles a 115-53 record in three seasons with the club.

1949: He quits the Capitols after they fail to meet his contract demands and accepts a job as coach of Duke University, but soon leaves to take over the NBA's Tri-Cities Blackhawks for one year, and has the only losing season (28-29) of his NBA coaching career.

April 27, 1950: After failing to have a winning record in their first four seasons in the league under coaches Honey Russell and Doggie Julian, the Celtics hire Auerbach for a reported $10,000. He leads them to a 39-30 record and their first playoff appearance.

June 30, 1950: He drafts Chuck Cooper, the first black to play in the NBA.

Oct. 14, 1951: The rights to Bill Sharman, who most teams thought would play baseball, are acquired from Detroit, and he subsequently turns his back on baseball and signs with the Celtics. His No. 21 is retired by the Celtics 15 years later, almost to the day (Oct. 15).

April 6, 1957: Incensed by what he thought were unfair tactics employed by St. Louis in the playoffs, Auerbach punches Hawks owner Ben Kerner in the mouth, earning himself a $300 fine.

April 13, 1957: He coaches the Celtics to a double-overtime, 125-123 Game 7 victory over the St. Louis Hawks for the first of nine championships under Auerbach.

April 9, 1959: After losing in the finals to the Hawks in six games the previous season, the Celtics complete a sweep of the Lakers with a 118-113 victory to capture the second overall and first of eight straight titles under Auerbach.

April 29, 1956: Trades Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan to St. Louis for a first-round draft pick, which he uses to draft center Bill Russell from the University of San Francisco.

March 26, 1962: Drafts swingman John Havlicek from Ohio State in first round (ninth overall).

1965: Honored as NBA Coach of the Year for the first - and only - time. However, the award had not come into existence until two years earlier, and it is today known as the Red Auerbach Trophy.

Aug. 25, 1965: In response to the $100,000 contract signed by Wilt Chamberlain, Auerbach re-signs Russell for $100,001.

Jan. 12, 1966: He notches his 1,000th win (regular season and playoffs combined) with a 114-102 victory over the Lakers.

April 28, 1966: After wrapping up his ninth and final championship as coach with a 95-93 Game 7 victory over the Lakers at the Garden, he removes himself as coach - as he had announced he would do before the season - to focus on general manager's duties and appoints Russell player-coach. He finishes his coaching career with a 938-479 regular-season record, at the time the most coaching wins in NBA history (currently fifth best), and a 99-69 playoff mark, also the most wins at the time (currently third).

Jan. 10, 1967: Coaching in his 11th and final All-Star game, Auerbach is ejected after drawing his second technical foul.

May 2, 1968: The Celtics defeat the Lakers, 124-109, in Game 6 for their first title without Auerbach as coach, but with a team built by the GM, including player-coach Russell, draft picks Havlicek, Sam Jones, Larry Siegfried, and Tom Sanders, and trade acqusitions Bailey Howell and Don Nelson. Six more teams built primarily by Auerbach will win NBA titles.

April 13, 1969: Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

1970: Named coach of the NBA's Silver Anniversay Team.

March 23, 1970: One year after Russell retires, Auerbach drafts Florida State center Dave Cowens fourth overall to throw into the middle.

Nov. 2, 1974: Returns to coach in an emergency capacity (Tom Heinsohn is unable to overcome the flu) and gets ejected for drawing two technicals. "He [referee Richie Powers] called a three-second call and I told him it was chicken [expletive]," said Auerbach after the game. "I waited a bit so he could calm down, then I told him he still had rabbit ears. Then he gave me the other technical."

January 1976: The first of his five books is published, "Basketball for the Player, the Fan and Coach," which goes on to become the biggest-selling basketball book in print. He also writes, in conjunction with other authors, the following: "Winning the Hard Way," "Red Auerbach: An Autobiography," "Red Auerbach On and Off the Court," and "M.B.A.: Management by Auerbach," and later prouduces, along with Bird, an instructional video entitled "Winning Basketball."

June 9 1978: Using the sixth overall pick in the draft, he selects Indiana State forward Larry Bird, a junior eligible who won't be eligible to play for the Celtics until a year later and who must be signed before the 1979 draft. Bird signs a contract on June 8, 1979.

July 13, 1978: After considering a lucrative offer to take over control of the New York Knicks basketball operations, Auerbach announces he is staying in Boston.

June 9, 1980: Along with coach Bill Fitch, he completes deal to send the 1st and 13th overall picks in the draft to Golden State for center Robert Parish and the 3d overall pick, using that choice to select forward Kevin McHale from the University of Minnesota, thus completing (with Bird) the Big Three that would become arguably the most dominant frontcourt in NBA history.

1980: Named NBA Executive of the Year and also coach of the NBA's 35th anniversay team.

May 24, 1981: He receives the first of seven honorary degrees when Franklin Pierce College presents him with a Doctorate in Humane Letters.

1982: Elected to the Washington Hall of Stars, which honors achievements by individuals in all sports. That same year UMass-Boston presents him an an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters.

June 27, 1983: Another piece to what would be more championship puzzles is acquired when Auerbach sends center Rick Robey to Phoenix for veteran guard Dennis Johnson.

Oct. 16, 1983: Auerbach leaves his seat in the stands and joins in a fight on the floor between Bird and Phiadelphia's Marc Iavaroni.

May 13, 1984: Boston University presents him with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters.

July 11, 1984: Jan Volk officially assumes the title of general manager, while Auerbach retains his title as team president.

1985: The Red Auerbach Fund is established to promote athletic, recreational, and other youth development activities throughout Massachusetts.

Jan. 4, 1985: As part of a three-day celebration for Auerbach, the No. 2 is retired in his honor. "I wouldn't be standing out here today," Auerbach started out, "if it weren't for all those guys out there. I Just sat on the bench and said, 'Cooz, get the ball downcourt; Russ, get the rebound,' ... It's great. Tommy? I didn't have to tell Tommy anything, he knew how to do it. Ramsey, the first sixth man, Russell, Havlicek, Silas, Jo Jo, Ed Macauley, the first center we had here. They're all so great and special to me."

Sept. 6, 1985: Trades Cedric Maxwell to the LA Clippers for Bill Walton, who becomes a key part of the 1985-86 championship team.

Sept. 20, 1985: To help celebrate his recent 68th birthday, a lifesize sculpture of Auerbach is unveiled in Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

June 17, 1986: Picking second in the draft, Auerbach grabs the apple of his eye, Len Bias, an athletic forward from Maryland. Two days later, Bias is dead of cocaine intoxification, and Auerbach is devastated.

1986: Central New England College presents him with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration.

May 15, 1988: Stonehill College presents him with a Doctor of Honorary Arts Degree.

May 22, 1988: He misses Game 7 of the Celtics-Hawks playoff series to honor a commitment to deliver the commencement speech at American Internation College, which presents him with a Doctor of Humanities Honorary Degree.

Feb. 14, 1993: His alma mater, George Washington University, presents him with am honorary Doctorate of Public Service Degree.

May 8, 1997: Auerbach's title is changed from president to vice chairman of the board as the team's patriarch is effectively pushed aside to make room for the Rick Pitino regime, Pitino now holding the title of president and head coach.

June 9, 1998: George Washington University unveils a plaque and bust of Auerbach on the outside of the Smith Center, GW's athletic facility.

October 2002: Shortly after taking over the team, new Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Co. again bestow the title of president on Auerbach.

June 12, 2003: The Sports Museum honors Red Auerbach with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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