Actor Harry Morgan (born Harry Bratsberg) was born in 1915 in Detroit. His career as a director and actor spanned six decades. Besides appearing in over 100 films, he is best known for his roles in television. Morgan starred in December Bride, Pete and Gladys, Dragnet, and M*A*S*H*. Morgan appeared in films such as The Oxbow Incident (1943), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), and Inherit the Wind (1960). Morgan died in 2011 at the age of 96.
Kevin Joseph “Chuck” Connors was born in 1921 in Brooklyn. He was an actor, writer, professional basketball player, and professional baseball player. He is one of 12 athletes who have played in the NBA and Major League Baseball. The NFL’s Chicago Bears also drafted him. Connors played for the Celtics and the Chicago Cubs. Connors is best known for his role as Lucas McCain in the ABC television series The Rifleman (1958-1963). His film career included appearances in Old Yeller (1957), Soylent Green (1973, and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982.) Connors also appeared as a slave owner in TV miniseries Roots. He died in 1992 from pneumonia stemming from lung cancer.
In 1949, “Slammin’ Sammy” Snead won the 13th Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. It was the first time that the green jacket was given to the winner of the tournament. This was the first of Snead’s three masters wins. Other golfers in the top ten included Jimmy Demaret and Byron Nelson. Sam Snead won 82 PGA events in his career and was a major player over four decades. He won seven major tournaments but never managed to win the U.S. Open. Snead was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Born in 1912 in Ashwood, Virginia, he passed away in 2002 at age 89.
129 American sailors lost their lives in 1963 when the USS Thresher, a nuclear submarine was sunk during deep-sea diving tests. The event ranks as the worst submarine disaster. President Kennedy ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the lost submariners. The Thresher was lost roughly 220 miles east of Boston in the Atlantic.
Ping-Pong Diplomacy began in 1971 when the U.S. Table Tennis team arrived in China. This was the second American group allowed to visit China since the 1949 revolution. 11 Americans affiliated with the Black Panther Party had been allowed to visit China prior to the Ping-Pong group because they professed to follow a Maoist philosophy. Time magazine called it “the ping heard round the world.” The next year, Richard Nixon would truly open relations with China. Forrest Gump was not a member of the American team.
Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.