August 24

Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Pete Rose from baseball in 1989 after Rose was caught gambling on baseball games. During his career, Rose held many records and was on the All-Star team 17 times. Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle’ for his aggressive play, Rose retired at the end of the 1986 season and became the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame banned his eligibility into the Hall. In 2004, Rose admitted that he had bet on games, but claimed he only bet on the Reds to win. The controversy concerning his eligibility into the Hall of Fame continues today.

In 1991, the Ukraine declared their independence from the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian Parliament adopted an Act of Declaration, but there was little celebration that day. On August 26, the new nation decided to remove all the monuments of Communist heroes from public places and on August 28, over 200,000 citizens declared they would serve in the national guard. Since 1992, August 24 had been celebrated as  Independence Day in the Ukraine.

Hurricane Andrew made landfall south of Miami in 1992. It was a Category 5 hurricane and at that time, was the costliest hurricane in American history. Andrew was the first hurricane of the season and became a tropical storm on August 17. Much damage was done in the Bahamas and Homestead, Florida, and then Andrew headed into the Gulf of Mexico and came ashore again as a Category 3 hurricane near Morgan City, Louisiana. Twenty-six people died as a direct result of the hurricane and the property damage was estimated to be $26.5 billion (in 1992 dollars).

Birthdays Today

1929Yasser Arafat, Egyptian-Palestinian engineer and politician, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (d. 2004)
1952Mike Shanahan, American football player and coach
1955Mike Huckabee, American minister and politician, 44th Governor of Arkansas
1960Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player, coach and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee

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.