April 20

Actor Ryan O’Neal was born in 1941 in Los Angeles. He took up boxing before going into acting in 1961. In 1964, he appeared in the nighttime soap opera Peyton Place. His career went viral when he received an Oscar nomination for Love Story (1970). Other notable films include Paper Moon (1973), Barry Lyndon (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He appears on the television series Bones. O’Neal has a long-term relationship with Farrah Fawcett and is the father of Tatum O’Neal.

Jessica Phyllis Lange was born in 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota. As an actress she is the winner of two Oscars, two Emmys, and five Golden Globes. After a modeling career, her first major role was in the 1982 version of King Kong. Other major film roles were in Tootsie (1982), Frances (1982), Music Box (1989) and Blue Sky (1994). Lange is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNICEF.

Korean Air Lines Flight 902 was shot down by Soviet air defense in 1978. The civilian aircraft invaded Soviet air space and failed to respond with ground control. Flight 902 was shot down and made an emergency landing near the Finnish border. Two passengers were killed and the remaining 107 passengers were rescued by Soviet helicopter. In 1983, the Soviets would shoot down another Korean airliner, killing everyone on board.

In 1986, pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed in his native Russia after an absence of 61 years. In 1925, he crossed the border into the West and in 1928, made his American debut. Horowitz married the daughter of Arturo Toscanini in 1933. He produced recordings for RCA Victor, Columbia, and Deutsche Grammophon. In 1986, he returned to Moscow and Leningrad to perform recitals. Horowitz died in 1989 of a heart attack in NYC at age 86.

As a teacher, I find school shootings and massacres especially tragic. Schools should be the safest place of any location. In 1999, the Colombine High School massacre took place in Colorado. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, orchestrated a complex and highly-planned attacked on the students of their own high school. 12 students and one teacher were killed with 27 others wounded. The perpetrators took their own lives. The massacre opened up debate over gun control, cliques, subcultures, and bullying.

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.