Michael Jordan is a retired American professional basketball player.
Widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time,
he became one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his
generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA (National
Basketball Association) around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984 and quickly emerged as
one of the stars of the league. His leaping ability, illustrated by
performing slam dunks from the foul line at Slam Dunk Contests, earned
him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness." Jordan's
accolades and accomplishments include five NBA MVP (Most Valuable
Player) awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine
All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game
appearances and three All-Star MVPs, ten scoring titles, three steals
titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player
of the Year Award. He holds the NBA record for highest career regular
season scoring average with 30.1 points per game, as well as averaging
a record 33.4 points per game in the playoffs. In 1999, he was named
the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and
was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of
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Today's selected anniversaries:
St. Brice's Day massacre: King Ethelred II ordered the massacre of
all Danes in England.
First English Civil War: The Royalist army engaged the much larger
Parliamentarian army at the Battle of Turnham Green near Turnham
Great Britain defeated France at the Parc des Princes in Paris to
win the first Rugby League World Cup.
The Bhola tropical cyclone hit the densely populated Ganges Delta in
East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Constitution Gardens in Washington,
D.C. was dedicated.
The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted, causing a volcanic mudslide
that buried Armero, Colombia and killed approximately 23,000 people.
Joseph Estrada became the first President of the Philippines to be
impeached after he was accused of taking a sum of 400 million pesos in
bribes from illegal gambling sources.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
deleterious: Harmful or hurtful to physical, mental, or moral health.