April 21

Anthony Quinn (born Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1915. He had two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust for Life (1956). His other major roles were in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Zorba the Greek (1964). His first wife was the daughter of Cecil B. DeMille, and he went on to have three marriages before his death in 2001 at age 86.

Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 in London as the first child of Prince Albert (King George VI) and Elizabeth, the Duchess of York. Her sister, Margaret is four years younger. Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952 and is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and the Defender of the Faith. Elizabeth is married to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (formerly Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark). Their four children include Charles (Prince of Wales), Anne (Princess Royal), Andrew (Duke of York), and Edward (Earl of Wessex).

The city of Brasilia was founded in 1960 to serve as the capital city of Brazil, replacing Rio de Janeiro. It has a population of 2.8 million people and is the fourth largest city of Brazil. Because of its modernistic architecture, Brasilia was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. All three branches of the Brazilian government are located her as well as 124 foreign embassies. The city will be a major host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Seattle was the host of the World’s Fair in 1962. The fair opened in April and closed on October 21, 1962. Nearly 10 million passed through the fair and it was one of the few world’s fairs to make a profit. The Space Needle was built for the fair and remains as the symbol of Seattle. The site is now called The Seattle Center. President Kennedy was supposed to attend the closing ceremonies, but the Cuban Missile Crisis interfered. Igor Stravinsky appeared at the opening ceremonies to conduct the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault, hosted by Geraldo Rivera was broadcast in 1986. America (including myself) waited to find the treasures left behind by Al Capone in Chicago. The building was excavated live on television and a medical examiner was at hand in case any bodies were to be found. At the end of two hours, Geraldo had only several bottles to show for his night’s work. About 30 million people had tuned in to watch.

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.