August 20

In 1960, Senegal declared its independence from the Mali Federation. Two months earlier, they had declared independence from France. Senegal is the westernmost nation of Africa with the Atlantic to the west of the nation.  It almost completely surrounds the nation of Gambia. Senegal has a population of about 13 million with a per capita income of $2,000 annually. The capital city of Dakar has a population of about 2.5 million. 94% of the population practices Islam.

President Gerald Ford nominated Nelson Rockefeller to be the vice president of the United States following the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974. Rockefeller had been the governor of New York and Nixon had considered him to replace Spiro Agnew when Agnew resigned from the vice presidency, but Ford was chosen instead. For the second time since the passage of the 25th amendment, a vice president was chosen and not elected (Ford and Rockefeller). Rockefeller took the oath of office on December 19, 1974 after hearings about his confirmation.

A mass shooting took place in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986. Postal worker Patrick Sherrill killed 14 co-workers and wounding six others before committing suicide. This incident still ranks as the deadliest incident of workplace violence in a civilian setting. This incident is often referred to as the beginnings of “going postal.” Sherrill’s rampage lasted about 15 minutes and began after Sherrill arrived at work at 7 a.m. Sherrill had been reprimanded the day before by his supervisors.

Birthdays Today

1931Don King, American boxing promoter
1933George J. Mitchell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician
1935Ron Paul, American physician, captain, and politician
1942Isaac Hayes, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (d. 2008)
1946Connie Chung, American journalist

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.