Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer) was born in 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She was an actress, a singer, and a Playboy Playmate. Mansfield was a Hollywood sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s. Some of her films include The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), The Wayward Bus (1957, and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). Mansfield’s second husband was Mickey Hargitay and Mariska Hargitay is one of their children. Mansfield died in a car accident in 1967 at the age of 34.
Mary Elinor Donahue was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1937. She played the elder daughter on the television program, Father Knows Best, starring Robert Young. Donohue started her career as a child actress and as a teen appeared in Love Is Better Than Ever starring Elizabeth Taylor in 1952. She also made television appearances The Andy Griffith Show and The Odd Couple.
Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. It was dubbed “The Wedding of the Century” and her family had to provide a dowry of two million dollars for the marriage to proceed. A civil ceremony took place on April 18, while the religious ceremony took place the next day. Guests at the wedding included David Niven, Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, and Conrad Hilton. The marriage effective ended Kelly’s film career. Grace Kelly died after suffering a stroke while driving at the age of 52 in 1982.
The turret aboard the USS Iowa exploded in 1989, killing 47 crewmen. The investigation theorized that a member of the crew had detonated an explosive device in a suicide attempt. The USS Iowa had been commissioned in 1943 during World War II and had carried President Roosevelt across the Atlantic to a conference in Teheran. The ship saw action in the Marshall Islands and was present at the surrender of Japan at the end of the war. The ship is now decommissioned and is a museum in the Port of Los Angeles.
The Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building occurred in 1995. It was the deadliest act of terrorism in the United States until the 9/11 attacks in 2001. 168 people were killed and more than 680 others were injured. Approximately $652 million worth of damage was done in the nearby area. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were linked to the event and both were arrested and charged. McVeigh was angry with the United States government over their handling of the events in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge. McVeigh was executed in 2001
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.