April 25

Basketball player Meadowlark Lemon (born Meadow Lemon III) was born Wilmington, NC in 1932. For 22 years, he played with the Harlem Globetrotters and was known as “The Clown Prince” for his antics on the court. He played in over 16,000 for the Globetrotters and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Lemon is a born-again Christian minister and has 10 children.

Actor and director Al Pacino (Alfredo James Pacino) was born in East Harlem, NYC in 1940. He made his film debut in 1969 and is most noted for his acting in The Godfather trilogy, Scent of a Woman (1992), Serpico (1973), Scarface (1993), and Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Pacino has numerous Academy Award nominations and won the Oscar for Best Actor in Scent of a Woman in 1992. He has also won Tony Awards during his stage career. Pacino has never married, but has three children.

The St. Lawrence Seaway opened for shipping in 1959. The Seaway is a series of locks, canals, and channels that permit ocean-going vessels to move from the Atlantic Ocean into the Great Lakes. It takes its name from the St. Lawrence River that is the eastern end of the Seaway. The Seaway is 370 miles long and contains 14 locks. The Welland Canal, which connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie is part of the Seaway system. The project was a joint venture between the United States and Canada.

Samantha Smith was a peace activist and schoolgirl from Maine who became famous during the Cold War era.  She wrote a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov at the age of 10 telling him of her worried about a possible nuclear war. Andropov eventually wrote back to her and invited her to visit the Soviet Union.  Samantha visited the Soviet Union in 1983, but Andropov was too ill to meet with her. She became known as “America’s Youngest Ambassador and a media circus swelled around her. Samantha die in 1985 is a small plane crash  at the age of 13.

The saga of John (born Ivan) Demjanjuk almost came to an end in 1988 when he was sentenced to death for war crimes committed during World War II. He was born in the Ukraine, fought in the Red Army, and was captured by the Germans. At the end of the war, Demanjanjuk migrated to the United States where he eventually became an American autoworker. In 1986, he was deported to Israel to stand trial as “Ivan the Terrible,” a guard at Treblinka who committed savagery and murder. Based on evidence of a possible mistaken identity, he was released to return to the United States in 1993. He was charged again as a war criminal in 2001 who had committed acts of atrocity at Sobibor and Majdanek in Poland during the war. Demanjanjuk was found guilty this time and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was convicted in 2012, and while his appeal was taking place, Demanjanjuk died in a German nursing home at age 91.

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.