April 17

Actor William Holden (born as William Franklin Beedle, Jr.) was born in 1918. He was one of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s. Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for Stalag 17 (1953). His other movies include Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Towering Inferno (1974), and Network (1976). Holden served in World War II and acted in military training films. He died in 1981 when he hit his head on a bedside table and bled to death. Holden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Bay of Pigs Invasion took place in 1961. The attack was a failed CIA sponsored event intended to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro in Cuba. It was launched from Guatemala and was defeated in three days by the Cuban armed forces. The failed mission only strengthened Castro’s position of power while embarrassing the Kennedy Administration.

Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason was born in West Islip, New York in 1961 making him a true “Baby Boomer.” He played in the National Football league as a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Jets, and the Arizona Cardinals from 1984-1997. Esiason works as a football analyst for CBS Sports, and as an analyst on Monday Night Football. He received his nickname before he was born when his mother noticed his constant kicking while in the womb. He was the MVP in the NFL in 1988. He played for the Maryland Terrapins as a college player.

The Ford Mustang was introduced to the public in 1964. It was based on the platform of the popular Ford Falcon and came out as a 1964½ model. The Mustang created the “pony car” class of autos (sports car-like coupes with longs hoods and short rear decks.) It competed with the Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, the AMC Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda and the Dodge Challenger. Sales of the Mustang peaked in 1966 with over 600,000 sold.

Author Larry McMurtry won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Literature for his novel Lonesome Dove, and historical saga that follows former Texas Rangers on their cattle drive from the Rio Grande to Montana. McMurtry is also the author of Terms of Endearment (1975) and co-wrote the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain (2005). Both were Academy Award Winners.

 

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.