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Dean Potter dies in a BASE jumping accident

D.S. Potter was an American free climber, BASE jumper, BASEliner, and highliner. He and his friend Graham Hunt were killed while attempting an illegal proximity wingsuit flight from Taft Point above Yosemite Valley. They had made this flight before, but it "still required precision to make it through a small notch. Hunt hit a side wall. Potter had cleared the notch and then crashed. They both died on impact."


Sammy Sosa becomes first Chicago Cub to hit 2 homeruns in 1 inning

Samuel Kelvin Peralta Sosa is a Dominican former professional baseball right fielder. He joined the Chicago Cubs in 1992 and became one of the game's best hitters. In 1995, he was named to his first All-Star team and by 1996, he was batting .273 with 40 home runs and 100 RBIs. That year, he scored two homeruns in the seventh inning while playing the Houston Astros.


Michael Jordan is named NBA Rookie of Year

Micheal Jordan is an American retired professional basketball player. During his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting. He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading "A Star Is Born" just over a month into his professional career.


Islanders win their third straight Stanley Cup

The 1982 Stanley Cup Finals was played between the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders. The Islanders won the best-of-seven series four games to none, to win their third straight and third overall Stanley Cup. This is also the most recent time that a Stanley Cup Champion has won three in a row.


Muhammad Ali beats Ron Lyle for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, and Ron Lyle fought a boxing match in May, 1975. Ali won the bout through a technical knockout in the 11th round. Lyle was known for his punching power, crowd-pleasing fighting style, as well as courage and determination inside the ring.


Rocky Marciano fights vs. Don Cockell for heavyweight boxing title

Rocco Francis Marchegiano, best known as Rocky Marciano, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955. It was in 1955 that he faced British and European Champion Don Cockell, knocking him out in the ninth round. He announced his retirement the following year at age 32, completing his career at 49–0.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1944

Danny Trejo

died 1984

Andy Kaufman

born 1964

John Salley