August 19

President Gerald Ford received the nomination of the Republican Party for president in 1976. Ford had become the president hen Nixon resigned in 1974, thus becoming the first man who was neither elected vice president or president, but held both offices. Ronald Reagan provided a challenge to Ford by winning 47% of the ballots cast at the convention, Bob Dole of Kansas received the vice presidential nomination. Both would go on to lose the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter.

“My Sharona” by the Knack climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1979. It remained number 1 for six weeks. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. For some reason, the song is often played over the PA system at sporting events.

The dissolution of the Soviet Union began in 1991 when Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under house arrest. It would officially cease to exist on December 26, 1991. Three days later the coupe collapsed and Gorbachev returned as president, but his power was seriously eroded. Gorbachev resigned on Christmas Day in 1991 and the Soviet flag was lowered and the Russian tricolor was raised in its place.

Birthdays Today

1919Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (d. 1990)
1921Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1991)
1930Frank McCourt, American author and educator (d. 2009)
1931Bill Shoemaker, American jockey (d. 2003)
1940Jill St. John, American actress
1946Bill Clinton, American politician, 42nd President of the United States

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.