[Daily article] July 6: History of the New York Yankees

The history of the New York Yankees Major League Baseball team spans
more than a century. Frank J. Farrell and William Stephen Devery bought
the rights to an American League (AL) club in New York City after the
1902 season. The team, which became the Yankees in 1913, won their first
AL title in 1921, followed by their first World Series championship in
1923. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were part of the team’s Murderers’ Row
lineup; under Miller Huggins, they led the Yankees to a Series
championship and a 110-win season, a league record in 1927. The Yankees
won the World Series every year from 1936 to 1939 with a team that
featured Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. New York set a major league record by
winning five consecutive championships from 1949 to 1953, and appeared
in the World Series nine times during the next 11 years. Despite
management disputes, the team reached the World Series four times
between 1976 and 1981, claiming the championship in 1977 and 1978. Their
1998–2000 teams were the last to win three straight World Series
titles. In 2009, they won the title for a record 27th time.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Mindaugas, the first known Grand Duke of Lithuania, was crowned
as King of Lithuania, the only person to ever hold that title.


Napoleon’s French forces defeated Archduke Charles’ Austrian
army at the Battle of Wagram, the decisive confrontation of the War of
the Fifth Coalition.


American schoolteacher Katie DeWitt James filed for divorce
from her husband, beginning a series of events that would ultimately
lead to her unsolved murder and the consequent naming of Dead Women
Crossing, Oklahoma.


A major breach of the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal in England
sent millions of gallons of water cascading 300 ft (91 m) into the
River Irwell.


Nathu La, a mountain pass in the Himalayas connecting India and
China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opened for trade after more
than 40 years.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

Eid al-Fitr:
(Islam) The religious celebration at the end of Ramadan, on the first
day of the tenth month of the Muslim lunar calendar.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict
pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or
satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and
contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of
altruism, of love and compassion and elimination of ignorance,
selfishness and greed. The problems we face today, violent conflicts,
destruction of nature, poverty, hunger, and so on, are human-created
problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and
the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to
cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we
share. Although I have found my own Buddhist religion helpful in
generating love and compassion, even for those we consider our enemies,
I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of
universal responsibility with or without religion.  
–Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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