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*1974In Pequannock, NJ on this day in 1974, New York Yankees Captain Derek Sanderson Jeter was born. An avid fan of the Yankees during his childhood Some of Derek's achievments include:
  • 1994 Was named the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America
  • May 29, 1995, Derek got his first taste of the Majors after Yankee shortstop Tony Fernandez was placed on the disabled list. Derek started at shortstop alongside All-Star infielders Don Mattingly and Wade Boggs. The following day, Derek collected his first two Major League hits and scored his first career run.
  • 1996, the Yankees made Derek their first Opening Day rookie shortstop since Tom Tresh in 1962. He responded by hitting his first Major League home run, a solo shot off Cleveland's Dennis Martinez in the fifth inning of a 7-1 Yankees victory. Derek finished his rookie season with a .314 average, 10 HR, 78 RBIs and 14 steals, en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
  • 2000, Derek was named the MVP of both the All-Star Game and the World Series, as the Yankees downed the Mets to capture the Subway Series and a fourth title in Jeter's five seasons in the Majors.
  • June 3, 2003 Derek was named Captain of New York Yankees, becoming only the 11th player to be named captain in franchise history, and the first since Don Mattingly retired after the 1995 season. In 2004, he captured his first Gold Glove award, and helped the Yankees earn their tenth straight appearance in the postseason.
    *1904American motion-picture actor Peter Lorre, who first achieved international fame as the psychotic child murderer in the German classic film M (1931; directed by Fritz Lang), was born in Rózsahegy, Hungary, this day in 1904. 
    *1819U.S. Army officer Abner Doubleday, once thought to be the inventor of baseball (a 1907 finding that was later discredited by evidence of baseball's connection with the older English game rounders), was born. 
    2002David Hasseloff checked into The Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism.  
    2002WorldCom Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 
    2001Ray Bourque (Colorado Avalanche) announced his retirement just 17 days after winning his first Stanley Cup. Bouque retired after 22 years and held the NHL record for highest-scoring defenseman and playing in 19 consecutive All-Star games.  
    2000Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid declared a state of emergency in the Moluccas due to the escalation of fighting between Christians and Muslims.  
    2000The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.  
    1998The U.S. and Peru open school to train commandos to patrol Peru's rivers for drug traffickers.  
    1998The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor's sexual misconduct toward an employee.  
    1997The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.  
    1997The U.S. Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.  
    1996The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.  
    1987The movie "Dragnet" opened in the U.S.  
    1985Wilbur Snapp was ejected after playing "Three Blind Mice" during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O'Connor.  
    1981In Mountain Home, Idaho, Virginia Campbell took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She only paid 67 cents after all the discounts.  
    1979Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion, after almost 20 years of professional fights. 
    1977Elvis Presley performed in public for the last time. 
    1976CN Tower, built by the Canadian National Railway Company at a cost of $63 million (Canadian) and opened to the public this day in 1976, is—at 1,815 feet (553 metres)—the world's tallest freestanding structure. 
    1976The CN (Canadian National) Tower in Toronto, Canada, opened.  
    1975Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency due to "deep and widespread conspiracy."  
    1971The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.  
    1963U.S. President John Kennedy announced "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.  
    1961A Kuwaiti vote opposed Iraq's annexation plans.  
    1959CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow interviewed Lee Remick. It was his 500th and final guest on "Person to Person."  
    1959U.S. President Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.  
    1951The Soviet Union proposed a cease-fire in the Korean War.  
    1948The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.  
    1945The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.  
    1942The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter was flown for the first time.  
    1926A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France was unveiled at St. Nazaire.  
    1925Charlie Chaplin's comedy, "The Gold Rush," premiered in Hollywood.  
    1924After eight years of occupation, American troops left the Dominican Republic.  
    1917General John "Black Jack" Pershing arrived in France with the American Expeditionary Force.  
    1908Shah Muhammad Ali's forces squelched the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.  
    1907Russia's nobility demanded drastic measures to be taken against revolutionaries.  
    1900A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.  
    1900The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.  
    1894The American Railway Union called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers.  
    1870The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.  
    1844John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.  
    1819The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.  
    1804The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.  
    1794The French defeated an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus.  
    1721With the support of Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Zabdiel Boylston began the first smallpox vaccinations in the American colonies. 
    1541Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru, was murdered by his former followers.  
    1483Richard Plantagenet, duke of Gloucester, began his reign as Richard III after usurping power from his nephew, Edward V. 
    1243The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor was wiped out by the Mongols.  
    1096Peter the Hermit's crusaders forced their way across Sava, Hungary.  
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    Famous Birthdays
    1993 - Ariana GrandeActress
    1992 - Jennette McCurdyActress (Sam on iCarly)
    1979 - Nathan FollowillRock Musician
    1974 - Derek JeterMajor League Baseball Player (Yankees Capt)
    1974 - Gretchin WilsonCountry Singer
    1973 - Rebecca BudigActress
    1970 - Nick OffermanActor
    1970 - Matt LetscherActor
    1970 - Chris ODonnell
    1970 - Sean Hayes (Will and Grace)Actor
    1969 - Colin GreenwoodRock Musician (Radiohead)
    1963 - Harriet Wheeler
    1963 - Nancy Chapman
    1961 - Terri NunnSinger (Berlin)
    1961 - Greg LeMond
    1957 - Patty SmythRock Singer
    1956 - Chris Isaak
    1955 - Mick JonesSinger-Musician
    1955 - Gedde WatanabeActor
    1951 - Robert DavisActor
    1950 - Michael Paul ChanActor
    1946 - Clive FrancisActor
    1946 - Brenda HollowayRhythm-and-Blues Singer
    1943 - George FameRock Singer
    1940 - Billy Davis JrSinger
    1934 - Dave GrusinJazz Musician - Film Composer
    1934 - Josef SommerActor
    1922 - Eleanor Parker
    1914 - Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    1904 - Peter Lorre
    1892 - Pearl S. Buck
    1819 - Abner Doubleday

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