April 7

Singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915 in Philadelphia. Her original name was Eleanora Fagan. Nicknamed “Lady Day,” Holiday had a strong influence on jazz and pop singing. She began her career in the nightclubs of Harlem until she signed with a record company in 1935.  Holiday had brief appearances with Count Basie and then with Artie Shaw. Some of her hit recordings include Summertime, God Bless the Child, and Strange Fruit. Holiday died in 1959 at the age of 44 after suffering cirrhosis of the liver.

Film and television actor James Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1928. His television roles included Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford. He has appeared in more than fifty films including The Great Escape (1963), Victor, Victoria (1982), and Murphy’s Romance (1985) for which he received an Oscar nomination. Garner has been married to Lois Clarke since 1956.

Daniel Ellsberg was a former military analyst with the RAND Corporation. Ellsberg was born in 1931 in Chicago. He released the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which was a top secret Pentagon study of the decisions the United States made during the Vietnam War. The release of the papers caused a lot of embarrassment for members of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. The attorney general of the United States tried to block publication, but eventually the Supreme Court approved their release.

Film producer, director, and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit. Beginning with an Academy Award for co-writing Patton, he went on to direct The Godfather in 1972. Other major films produced by him include The Godfather, Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Outsiders, (1983), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). He spends considerable time in Buenos Aires and is a contributor to the Democratic Party. Talia Shire is his sister and Sofia Coppola is his daughter. His winery is near Geyserville. California.

China is the birthplace in 1964 of actor Russell Crowe. His parents were movie set caterers. When he was four years old, he and his parents moved to Sydney, Australia. Crowe got his acting career started in Australia and moved on to American films. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in Gladiator (2000). Other major films include A Beautiful Mind (2001), American Gangster (2007), and Les Misérables (2012). Crowe is a big rugby and soccer fan.

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.