April 14

Actor Rod Steiger was born in Westhampton, NY in 1925. He appeared in over 100 movies. Steiger won an Oscar for his performance in In the Heat of the Night (1967). He was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in On the Waterfront (1954). Steiger was nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in The Pawnbroker (1964). Other major film roles included Oklahoma! (1955), The Harder They Fall (1956), and Dr. Zhivago (1965). Steiger was married five times and his second wife was actress Claire Bloom. He died in 2002 at age 77 after surgery for a gall bladder tumor.

Baseball player and manager Pete Rose was born in Cincinnati in 1941. Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” for his enthusiasm for the game of baseball, and is the all-time leader in total hits (4,256), and at bats (14,053). Rose won three championships, one MVP, three batting titles, and made 17 all-star appearances. He admitted on betting on the Cincinnati Reds while he was the manager and has been barred from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1969, the first major league baseball game was played outside the United States when the Montreal Expos defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 in Jarry Park, Montreal, Canada. The franchise played in Montreal before they were moved to Washington, D.C. and renamed the Washington Nationals in 2005.

The 41st Academy Awards presentation was held in Los Angeles in 1969. It was the first time that the presentations were broadcast worldwide. The movie, Oliver!became the only G-rated to ever win an Oscar. Other winners included:

Best Director – Carol Reed for Oliver!
Best Actor – Cliff Robertson for Charly
Best Actress – Katherine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter AND Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl
Best Supporting Actor – Jack Albertson for The Subject Was Roses
Best Supporting Actress – Ruth Gordon for Rosemary’s Baby

The 38th Masters Golf Tournament was held in 1974 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Gary Player, from South Africa, won the tournament with a score of 278 (10 under par).  Other finishers in the top ten included Dave Stockton, Tom Weiskopf, Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Nichols, and Phil Rodgers.

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.