April 11

Actress Louise Lasser was born in NYC in 1939. She is best known for her role as Mary Hartman in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. The show ran five nights a week in 1976-1977 and was completed after 325 episodes. Lasser also appeared in Saturday Night Live as a host, Taxi, and It’s A Living. She was married to Woody Allen from 1966-1970.

In 1951, President Harry Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his command as General of the Army. The primary reason was that MacArthur was making public statements that were contradictory to the administration’s policies concerning conduct of the Korean War. The removal of MacArthur was a shock to the nation, but the move upheld the idea of civilian control of the military. MacArthur went on to address Congress and gave his “Old Soldiers Never Die” speech.

The trial of Adolf Eichmann began in Jerusalem in 1961. The Israelis had captured him in Argentina in May of 1960. Eichmann sat inside a bulletproof glass booth for his protection. The prosecution presented its case for Eichmann’s war crimes over the course of 56 days. A panel of judges found him guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and several other charges. Eichmann had been one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. Eichmann was sentenced to death and hanged on May 31, 1962.

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act. The act provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin. The act was designed as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act was signed during the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther, King, Jr.

Apollo 13 was launched in 1970. It was the seventh manned mission of the Apollo program and was intended to land men of the moon for the third time. Apollo 13 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded which damaged the Service Module. The explosion caused a partial loss of power and cabin heat and a shortage of potable water. The crew returned safely to Earth on April 17. The film, Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks was released in 1995, dramatized the event and received 9 Academy Award nominations.

 

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.