August 16

Sports Illustrated made its debut in 1954. The magazine is owned by Time Inc., had over 3.5 million subscribers and is read by more than 23 million each week. The swimsuit issue has been published since 1964 and is a major media event each year. The magazine selects a Sportsman of the Year award that began with it first year. The first winner was Roger Bannister who was the first runner to crack the four-minute mile.

In 1960, Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom after it had been under British control since 1878. Cyprus is an island nation in the Mediterranean and its capital is Nicosia. It has a population of 1.1 million and is a major tourist destination. Cyprus uses the Euro as its currency and has a per capita income of about $26,000. Greek and Turkish are the two official languages and conflicts between the two ethnic groups have caused many political problems.

China replaced Japan as the world’s second largest economy in 2010. The top ten nations ranked by GDP according to Money magazine are (in trillions of U.S. dollars):

  1. United States – 17.5
  2. China – 10
  3. Japan – 4.8
  4. Germany – 3.9
  5. France – 2.9
  6. U.K. – 2.8
  7. Brazil – 2.2
  8. Italy – 2.2
  9. Russia – 2.1
  10. India – 2.0

Birthdays Today

1924Fess Parker, American actor and singer (d. 2010)
1930Robert Culp, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)
1930Frank Gifford, American football player and sportscaster
1933Julie Newmar, American actress, singer, and dancer
1953Kathie Lee Gifford, American talk show host, singer, and actress
1954James Cameron, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter
1958Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director1958 – Angela Bassett, American actress, singer, and producer
1962Steve Carell, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

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.