April 12

“Tiny Tim” (Herbert Khaury) was born in NYC in 1932. He was a singer, performing with a ukulele and used a falsetto voice. His most famous song was Tiptoe Through the Tulips. His big break came on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. His biggest showcase came on December 17, 1969 when he married “Miss Vicki” on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Some 40 million viewers watched that night. The couple divorced eight years later. Herbert Khaury passed away in 1996.

Author Tom Clancy was born in Baltimore in 1947. He is best known for his novels that feature espionage and military science set during the Cold War. A collection of video games based on his books was also very popular. 17 of his novels were best sellers and over 100 million copies of his books have been sold. Clancy was part owner of the Baltimore Orioles. A few of his titles include The Hunt for Red October (1984), Patriot Games (1987), and Clear and Present Danger (1989). Tom Clancy died in 2013 of an undisclosed illness at age 66.

In 1955, the vaccine for polio, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk was declared safe and effective and was now available to the public. There had been several outbreaks of polio in the 20th century. 58,000 cases of polio were reported in 1952. Salk had been working on a vaccine at a laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and field-tested the vaccine in 1954 involving 1.8 million children. As a result of this test, the vaccine was ready to join the fight against polio.

In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space and orbit the earth. His vehicle was named Vostok I and he was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honor. Gagarin immediately became an international celebrity touring Italy, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Egypt, England, and Finland. In 1968, Gagarin died while on a routine training flight. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin honored him when they left commemorative medals of Gagarin in the moon.

Arnold Palmer won the 28th Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia in 1964. 96 players entered the tournament with Arnold Palmer, age 34, coin out the winner with a score of 276 (12 under par). Other notable golfers included Jack Nichlaus (tied for 2nd), Bill Casper, Gary Player, and Ben Hogan. Arnold Palmer won $20,000 ($151,000 in today’s dollars) for winning. It was his fourth Masters victory. This year’s winner will take home $1,440,000.

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.