April 27

Jack Klugman (born Jacob Klugman) was born in 1922. Early in his career on television he won an Emmy for his role in The Defenders in 1964. He joined with Tony Randall on the television version of The Odd Couple (1970-1975). He starred in the television series Quincy (1976-1983) and received four Emmy nominations. His film credits include 12 Angry Men (1957) and Goodbye, Columbus (1969). Klugman developed throat cancer in 1974 and eventually died of prostate cancer in 2012 at the age of 90.

Playwright August Wilson (born Frederick August Kittel, Jr.) was born in Pittsburgh in 1945. Many of his plays depict aspects of the African American experience in the 20th century. He received two Pulitzer Prizes for his series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle. Some of his better-known plays include Fences (1985), The Piano Lesson (1990), and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1984). Fences brought him a Pulitzer Prize as well as a Tony. Wilson was married three times and was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2005 and he died later that year.

The commissioner of baseball, Happy Chandler, proclaimed April 27, 1947 “Babe Ruth Day”. In 1946, Ruth was diagnosed with a malignant tumor at the base of his skull. He was one of the first patients to receive drugs and radiation treatments simultaneously. After his treatments, during which he lost 80 pounds, Ruth went to Florida to recuperate in 1946. Ruth spoke briefly at Yankee Stadium before a crowd of about 60,000. Ruth died at age 53 in 1948.

Expo 67 (1967 International and Universal Exposition) opened in Montreal, Canada in 1967 and closed in October of that year. It was one of the most successful of the world’s fairs in the 20th century as 62 nations participated. A one-day record attendance of 569,500 was achieved on the third day of the fair. Canada was celebrating its centennial year. The motto of the fair was and His World. One of the more interesting aspects of the fair was Habitat 67, which was a model community and housing complex.

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.