April 26

Actress, comedian, singer, and writer, Carol Burnett was born in 1933 in San Antonio, TX. She is best known for The Carol Burnett Show on CBS, but also achieved success on the state and in films. Burnett appeared in Once Upon a Mattress on stage in 1959 and then worked on The Garry Moore Show. The Carol Burnett Show aired from 1967 to 1978. Her film roles included The Four Seasons (1981). Burnett has been married three times and has three children. You might remember her successful lawsuit against the National Enquirer in 1981 when the tabloid printed that she had appeared drunk in a restaurant.

Singer Bobby Rydell was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He was a teen idol in the early 60s and his best known songs include Wild One and Volare. He recorded a version of Jungle Bell Rock in 1961. Rydell also appeared in the film Bye Bye Birdie in 1963. He still performs and is touring Australia in 2014.

The Cerhnobyl nuclear disaster took place in 1986. Located in the Ukraine, the power plant exploded and released a large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. It was classified as a level 7 event (the maximum) as was the Fukushima Daiichi event in Japan in 2011.  31 deaths were recorded and the long term effects of such a disaster are still being accounted.

The world’s deadliest tornado struck Bangladesh in 1989, killing over 1,300 people, injuring over 12,000, and leaving 80,000 people homeless. The area had been in a prolonged drought before the tornado hit. The path of the tornado was about a mile wide and 50 miles long and devastated an area that consisted of poor housing construction.

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.