1978 - Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the only son of former Philadelphia 76ers player and current Los Angeles Sparks head coach Joe "JellyBean" Bryant.
1996 - He was the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game.
1998 - He was the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA All-Star game.
2001 - He became the endorser of McDonald's and Adidas.
- Married Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta Laine, a half Irish and half Mexican, on April 18th.
2002 - He became the endorser of Coca Cola Sprite.
2003 - He was charged with sexual assault on July 18th.
- Bryant was ranked #59 on SLAM magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time.
2004 - His accuser, Katelyn Kristine Faber requested that criminal charges be dropped and has filed a civil suit against the basketball star on September 1st.
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