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2009: Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos catches a NFL-record 21 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a road loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Marshall broke the single-game reception record set in 2000 by Terrell Owens of the San Francisco 49ers by one reception.
2007: The Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball is released, implicating 89 players, including seven MVPs and 31 All-Stars. The 409-page report also advanced certain recommendations regarding the handling of past illegal drug use and future prevention practices.
2007: After earlier opting out of the final years of the record 10-year, $252 million contract he signed in 2000, shortstop Alex Rodriguez signs a 10-year, $275 million deal with the New York Yankees, marking the biggest contract in sports history.
2006: Lamar Hunt, the American businessman who co-founded the American Football League, Major League Soccer, and World Championship Tennis, dies of complications related to prostate cancer at age 74 in Dallas, Texas. Hunt was also the founder and owner of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and the MLS team Kansas City Wizards and at his death owned two MLS teams, Columbus Crew and FC Dallas.
2003: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces near his home town of Tikrit in a mission code named Operation Red Dawn. Soldiers found the former Iraqi president in a "spider hole" underneath a mud hut compound. Despite being armed with a pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle, and provisioned with $750,000 in cash, Hussein did not resist capture.
2002: Cardinal Bernard Law resigns as Boston archbishop in response to the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal after church documents were revealed suggesting he had covered up sexual abuse committed by priests in his archdiocese.
2001: The drama "A Beautiful Mind," starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Paul Bettany, and directed by Ron Howard, premieres in Los Angeles. The movie, which tells the story of John Nash, a math professor who struggles with mental illness, would go on to gross more than $313 million worldwide and to win four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Connelly. It was also nominated for Best Actor for Crowe, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Best Original Score.
2000: Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore concedes the U.S. presidential election to Republican candidate George W. Bush.
1996: The movie "Jerry Maguire," starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr., and directed by Cameron Crowe, premieres in theaters. The movie would debut at No. 1 at the box office on its way to making $273 million worldwide and earning five Academy Award nominations, with Gooding Jr. winning for Best Supporting Actor.
1989: The drama "Driving Miss Daisy," starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, premieres in theaters. The film won four Academy Awards out of nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Tandy, making her the oldest winner in the history of the Best Actress category.
1989: Country music singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a No. 1 song on the country chart in 2007's "Our Song," is born in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is also known for songs such as "Love Story," "You Belong with Me," "Mine," "I Knew You Were Trouble," "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "Shake it Off" and "Blank Space," the last three which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
1988: Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat gives a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in the Swiss city of Geneva after United States authorities refused to give him a visa to enter New York.
1977: A DC-3 aircraft chartered from the Indianapolis-based National Jet crashes near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff and boosters of the team.
1975: Foghat's single "Slow Ride" is released. It would become the band's top single, peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1969: Former NHL player Sergei Fedorov, who won the Stanley Cup three times along with the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1994 over 13 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, is born in Pskov, Soviet Union. Fedorov also played for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals during his 20-year NHL career. He is also a three-time Olympian, winning a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze medal in 2002 with Russia.
1967: Actor and singer Jamie Foxx, who won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic "Ray" and has also appeared in movies like "Any Given Sunday," "Collateral" and "Dreamgirls," is born in Terrell, Texas.
1962: NASA launches Relay 1, the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit. The satellite, which would provide the first television transmissions across the Pacific Ocean, is still in orbit today.
1961: Painter Grandma Moses, who turned to painting in her 70s and became one of America's most popular artists, dies at the age of 101 in Hoosick Falls, New York.
1961: Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" becomes country music's first million-selling record.
1957: Actor Steve Buscemi, best known for "Reservoir Dogs," "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski" and "Boardwalk Empire," is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1957: Singer Morris Day, best known as the lead singer of The Time, is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Day's most prolific and visible period came in mid-1980s, when he played the antagonist to Prince in "Purple Rain" and "Graffiti Bridge" and the Time released the singles "Jungle Love" and "The Bird."
1954: Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist John Anderson, best known for the No. 1 country hits "Wild and Blue," "Swingin'," "Black Sheep," "Straight Tequila Night" and "Money in the Bank," is born in Apopka, Florida.
1950: Actress Wendie Malick, best known for her TV work on the shows "Dream On," "Just Shoot Me!." "Frasier" and "Hot in Cleveland," is born in Buffalo, New York.
1949: The first Knesset of Israel votes to move the young country's capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
1948: Rock musician Ted Nugent, whose hits include "Stranglehold," "Cat Scratch Fever," "Wango Tango" and "Great White Buffalo," is born in Redford, Michigan. He is also known for his staunch conservative political views and his strong defense and support of hunting and gun ownership rights.
1944: Russian-French painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky, credited with painting the first purely abstract works, dies from a stroke at age 77 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Some of his best known works include "On White II" and "Der Blaue Reiter."
1943: Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, a three-time All-Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner, is born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. During a 19-year career that saw him rack up 3,192 strikeouts and 284 wins, he pitched for four different teams, spending the majority of his career with the Chicago Cubs. He is the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1929: Actor Christopher Plummer, whose film roles include "The Sound of Music," "The Last Station" and "Beginners," is born in Toronto, Canada. Plummer won an Academy Award for Best Actor at the age of 82 in 2012 for "Beginners," making him the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar.
1925: Actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke, who would go on to star in the films "Bye Bye Birdie," "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and in the TV series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Diagnosis: Murder," is born in West Plains, Missouri.
1924: American labor leader Samuel Gompers dies at the age of 74 in San Antonio, Texas. Gompers founded the American Federation of Labor and served as that organization's president from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 until his death.
1923: Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Larry Doby, who became the first black baseball player in the American League when he signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians in July 1947, is born in Camden, South Carolina. Doby's historic signing came just 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson had broken Major League Baseball's color barrier with the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers. A seven-time consecutive All-Star center fielder, Doby and teammate Satchel Paige became the first black players to win a World Series championship when the Indians won in 1948. Doby played with the Newark Eagles before joining the Indians and also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Besides the Indians, he also played for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers in a 13-year MLB career before retiring in 1959. He died of cancer at the age of 79 on June 18, 2003.
1818: Mary Todd Lincoln, who would go on to become the first lady as President Abraham Lincoln's wife, is born Mary Ann Todd in Lexington, Kentucky.
1769: Dartmouth College is founded by the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, with a Royal Charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal Governor John Wentworth. This is the earliest known image of the Ivy League school, which appeared in the February 1793 issue of Massachusetts Magazine.
1636: The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.
1577: Sir Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.
1545: The Council of Trent begins. The ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church would meet for 25 sessions over the next 18 years, issuing reform decrees and specifying Catholic doctrine on salvation, the sacraments and the Biblical canon, as an answer to Protestant disputes.