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Sandy Koufax (born 1935) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, one of MLB's all-time greats, who played for the Dodgers from 1955 to 1966. He had a losing career record before the 1961 season. After making adjustments, he became MLB's most dominant pitcher. In 1965 he set an MLB record with 382 strikeouts; it remains the top mark for National League (NL) pitchers and left-handers. Koufax won the Cy Young Award three times in four years, and was named the NL's most valuable player in 1963. He was the first MLB pitcher to throw four no-hitters, and in 1965 became the first left-hander since 1880 to pitch a perfect game. Koufax is one of the most outstanding Jewish athletes; his decision not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur drew national attention. After he retired at the age of 30 due to arthritis in an elbow, he became the youngest player ever elected to the Hall of Fame, in 1972. He has since worked for the Dodgers in a variety of capacities. (Full article...)
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- ... that the theme from Curb Your Enthusiasm, a former ringtone of Steven Spielberg, has been used as the backing to a Snoop Dogg song?
- ... that Louise Willingale is developing ZEUS, which is projected to be the most powerful laser in the United States?
- ... that in 2017 the British travel magazine Wanderlust rated Azerbaijan's electronic visa as the easiest visa to obtain in the world?
- ... that Leonie ter Braak made her film debut in the best-visited film of Dutch origin in 2020?
- ... that the owner of a Tennessee TV station denied that he had named it after himself, telling a reporter, "I'm not that much of an egotist"?
- ... that 2023 NFL Draft pick Travis Bell is the only Kennesaw State Owls player ever to be selected?
- ... that decoy geese spent more than 15 years trying to attract real geese to the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area?
In the news
- More than 290 people are killed and over 1,100 others injured in a collision between three trains in Balasore, India (crash site pictured).
- In cricket, the Indian Premier League concludes with the Chennai Super Kings defeating the Gujarat Titans in the final.
- Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is re-elected President of Turkey in a runoff.
- In auto racing, Josef Newgarden wins the Indianapolis 500.
- Rock singer and actress Tina Turner dies at the age of 83.
On this day
June 4: Trianon Treaty Day in Romania (1920)
- 1561 – The spire of Old St Paul's Cathedral in London was destroyed by fire.
- 1913 – Emily Davison (pictured), an activist for women's suffrage in the United Kingdom, was fatally injured after being trampled by a horse owned by King George V at the Epsom Derby.
- 1916 – World War I: Russian forces began their successful Brusilov offensive on the Eastern Front.
- 1979 – Jerry Rawlings came to power in Ghana as chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council.
- 1989 – The People's Liberation Army suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, leaving hundreds of people dead and wounded.
- Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (d. 1872)
- W. H. R. Rivers (d. 1922)
- Rodolfo Quezada Toruño (d. 2012)
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Key Monastery is a monastery belonging to the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, located at an elevation of 4,166 m (13,668 ft) on a hill rising above the Spiti valley in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Said to have been founded in the 11th century, it is the largest monastery in Spiti, housing hundreds of monks. This view shows the monastery in winter, overlooking the snow-covered Spiti river valley with the Himalayas in the background.
Photograph credit: Kulbhushan Suryawanshi
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