April 15

Actress Elizabeth Montgomery was born in 1933 in Los Angeles. She is best known for her role as Samantha in the television series Bewitched and is the daughter of actor Robert Montgomery. She made her film debut in The Court Martial of Bill Mitchell (1955) and moved into television appearing on Studio One, The Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Bewitched ran for eight seasons from 1964 – 1972. Montgomery received five Emmy nominations for her role as Samantha Stephens. After Bewitched, she took on serious roles such as playing Lizzie Borden in The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975). Montgomery had four marriages, including gone with Gig Young. She died in 1995 from cancer at the age of 62.

The color line was broken in 1947 when Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, thus becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball. In ten seasons he played in six World Series and one championship in 1955. Robinson played in six all-star games and was the National Leagues Rookie of the Year in 1947.  He was the first African American to be name the MVP of either league in 1949. Major League Baseball has retired Robinson’s number 42.

Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans, better known as “Heloise” was born in Waco, Texas in 1951. She is a writer and speaker known for her specialty of improving lifestyles. In 1977, Heloise took over the column started by her mother called “Hints from Heloise.” It is still one of the most widely syndicated newspaper columns. Heloise is a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping magazine and has written 11 books.

Ray Kroc opened a restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955 that has been called the beginning of the McDonald’s dynasty. The restaurant was the ninth restaurant in a chain owned by the McDonald brothers of California. The company went public in 1965 and for a while Kroc and the McDonald brothers feuded over control of the company with Kroc being the victor. Today, McDonald’s has over 34,000 locations worldwide.

The bombing at the Boston Marathon occurred in 2013, killing 3 people and injuring over 250 others. Two bombs exploded about 210 yards from the finish line. The FBI took over the investigation and released photographs of two suspects. With most Americans watching the manhunt, one suspect was killed in a shootout and his younger brother captured. A trial in federal court will be held in November of 2014 for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges.

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.