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By On This Day in NYC's History


A CHAMPAGNE CORK WENT UP, UP, AND AWAY

On June 5th, 1988: American Heinrich Medicus set the record for longest champagne cork flight in 1988. The cork flew 177 feet, 9 inches. A champagne cork can leave a bottle at a velocity of approximately 38-40 mph, but can pop out at as fast as 100 mph.


THE LAST ISLANDER RETIRED

On June 5th, 1989: New York Islander Billy Smith retired. He was the last original Isander left on the team. Smith was the first goalie ever to be credited with scoring a goal. He also helped the Islanders win four straight Stanley Cups (1980-1983).


BORN ON THIS DAY: ART DONOVAN

On June 5th, 1924: Football Player Art Donovan was born. Donovan was a defensive tackle, and earned the nickname “The Bulldog” for his tenacious play. He played for the Baltimore Colts, New York Yanks, and the Dallas Texans. He was a two-time NFL Champion with the Baltimore Colts, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

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