Novelist Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926. She is best known for To Kill a Mockingbird published in 1960. It is her only published book and it deals with many of the same issues she witnessed as a child. To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 and has become a staple for high school English classes. Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.
Actor, singer, and dancer Ann-Margret (born Ann-Margret Olsson) was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1941. She arrived in the United States in 1946 and she produced her first recording for RCA Viktor in 1961. Her film career began in 1961 in Pocketful of Miracles. Her most notable films include Viva Las Vegas (1964), Bye Bye Birdie (1964), and Carnal Knowledge (1972). Ann-Margret has been married to Roger Smith since 1967.
Jay Leno was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1950. As a comedian, he made his first appearance on The Tonight Show in 1977. In 1992, Leno replaced Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. After his contract ended in 2009, NBC brought in Conan O’Brien to take Leno’s place, but because of poor ratings, Leno was returned to his usual spot on The Tonight Show. Leno left The Tonight Show in early 2014 and was replaced by Jimmy Fallon. He owns a collection of over 800 vehicles that keeps him busy in retirement.
In 1979, President Nixon authorized the use of U.S. combat troops in Cambodia, the neighbor of Vietnam. Vietnamese communists were using bases in Cambodia to launch attacks into Vietnam. This expansion of the war further angered opponents of the war and led to many strikes at college campuses across the United States.
A flight attendant on Aloha Airlines Flight 243 fell to her death in 1988. She was swept overboard when the flight suffered an explosive decompression at 24,000 feet and part of the roof came off the plane. The plane landed at the nearest airport with injuries to 65 members of the passengers and crew. Clarabelle Lansing, a flight attendant with 37 years of experience, was the only fatality. Her body was never found.
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.