August 21

In 1959, President Eisenhower signed an executive order admitting Hawaii as the 50th state in the union. Hawaii celebrates this day as Hawaii Admission Day that is celebrated on the third Friday of August. Residents of Hawaii had voted 94% in favor of statehood in a referendum.

Motown Records finally had a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart with the release of Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes in 1961. During the 1960s, Motown had 79 recordings in the Top Ten of the Billboard Top 100. Motown had started in Detroit, but moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and was an independent company until they were sold to MCA in 1988. The company was sold again to PolyGram in 1994 and finally wound up with Universal Music Group in 1999.

Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. was assassinated at the Manila Airport in 1983. He, along with others, strongly opposed the government of President Ferdinand Marcos. Aquino was arrested in 1972 and spent seven years in prison. In 1980, he flew to the United States for medical treatment following a heart attack. When he returned to the Philippines, he was assassinated at the airport. Hiw wife, Corazon Aquino then took his place in opposition and was elected the 11th president of the Philippines in 1986. The nation celebrates this date as a public holiday in his honor.

Birthdays Today

1924Jack Buck, American sportscaster (d. 2002)
1924Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (d. 2005)
1930Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (d. 2002)
1936Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player and coach (d. 1999)
1938Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The New Christy Minstrels and The First Edition)
1951Harry Smith, 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.