August 25

In 1950, President Harry Truman ordered the United States Army to take control of the nation’s railroads. The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Order of Railway Conductors went on strike and Truman had just ordered our military to intervene in Korea. Truman felt that such a strike would hurt the economy and defense of the United States at that time. The strike lasted 21 months until May 1952.

The Games of the XVII Olympiad opened in Rome in 1960 and would end on September 11. A total of 83 nations participated in the games including newcomers Morocco, San Marino, Sudan, and Tunisia. The Soviet Union took home the most medals with 103 while the United States won 71 total medals. Cassius Clay won the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division in boxing and Rafer Johnson won the decathlon. It was the first time that the Olympics were carried on television in the United States.

The 1991 Emmy Awards were handed out in Pasadena, California. Cheers won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth time and won four awards overall this time. L.A. Law won for Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth time in five years. Outstanding actors in a comedy series were Burt Reynolds and Kirstie Alley and outstanding actors for drama were James Earl Jones and Patricia Wettig. Network winners were ABC (10 awards), NBC (8), CBS (5), HBO (2), and PBS (2).

Birthdays Today

1916Van Johnson, American actor and singer (d. 2008)
1917Mel Ferrer, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2008)
1919George Wallace, American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 45th Governor of Alabama (d. 1998)
1921Monty Hall, Canadian-American actor, singer, and game show host
1930Sean Connery, Scottish actor and producer
1931Regis Philbin, American actor, singer, and television host
1958Tim Burton, American director, producer, and screenwriter

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.