The history of the New York Jets American football team began in 1959
with the founding of the Titans of New York, of the American Football
League (AFL). The team had little success in its early years. In
January 1965, New York signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe
Namath (pictured), and showed gradual improvement in the late 1960s,
posting its first winning record in 1967 and winning its only American
Football League championship in 1968. By winning the title, the team
earned the right to play in Super Bowl III against the champions of the
National Football League, the Baltimore Colts. The Jets defeated the
Colts in the game, establishing the AFL as a worthy partner as the two
leagues merged. In the following years, New York had limited success,
enduring a string of disastrous seasons. In 1997, the Jets hired
two-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells. The new coach guided
the team to its most successful season since the merger: in 1998, the
Jets finished 12–4 and reached the AFC Championship Game. The team made
five playoff appearances in the 2000s, their most of any decade. In
2009 and 2010, under coach Rex Ryan, the Jets achieved back-to-back
appearances in the AFC Championship Game, losing to the Indianapolis
Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Greco-Persian Wars: Athenians and their Plataean allies turned back the
first Persian invasion of Greece in the Battle of Marathon.
While sailing aboard the Halve Maen, English explorer Henry Hudson
began his exploration of the Hudson River, laying the foundation for
Dutch colonization of present-day New York.
The Turkish Armed Forces ousted Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel and
would rule the country for three years before democracy was restored.
Abimael Guzmán, leader of the Peruvian Maoist guerrilla organization
Shining Path, was captured in Lima.
Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada was convicted of plunder and
sentenced to reclusión perpetua.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To settle a legal case or other dispute.
2. To act as a judge
Wikiquote quote of the day:
It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own
ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
--Charles Dudley Warner
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