August 17

In 1969, Hurricane Camille was the second hurricane of that hurricane season. Camille was a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 175 mph. The hurricane struck land near the mouth of the Mississippi River and was the second strongest hurricane behind the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Camille killed 235 people and caused $1.42 billion worth of damage. The name “Camille” has been retired because of its impact.

Azaria Chamberlain was an Australian baby girls who was killed by a dingo in 1980. Her family was camping near Ayers Rock when she was reported missing by her parents who claimed that Azaria was taken from their tent by a dingo. Lindy Chamberlain, the mother, was tried for murder and spent three years in prison. She was released after a piece of the baby’s clothing was found near a dingo lair and new inquests were opened. In 2012, a coroner confirmed the mother’s story. The movie, A Cry in the Dark, starring Meryl Streep and Sam Neill, was based on the incident.

President Bill Clinton admitted that he had an “improper relationship” with Monica Lewinsky in 1998. Lewinsky was a 22-year-old White House intern who was hired to work during Clinton’s first term in office. She began a personal relationship with the president and confided in her friend Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded their phone conversations. The resulting investigation eventually led to the impeachment of Clinton by the House and a verdict of not guilty by the Senate. Nicknames of the scandal included “Monicagate,” Lewinskygate,” “Tailgate,” “Sexgate,” and “Zippergate.”

Birthdays Today

1920Maureen O'Hara, Irish-American actress and singer
1929Francis Gary Powers, American pilot (d. 1977)
1943Robert De Niro, American actor, director, and producer
1944Larry Ellison, American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation
1959Jonathan Franzen, American author
1959David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)

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.