August 29

The United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs opened in 1958. The mission of the Academy is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." Students at the Academy ultimately earn a four –year Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. The campus is located at 7,258 in altitude in the Rocky Mountains and visitors are drawn to the facility for its unique, modern architecture. Approximately four thousand students attend the Academy each year.

In 1966, the Beatles finished their North American tour in Candlestick Park in San Francisco. As it turned out, it would be their last official concert and for the rest of their time together, they recorded their works in sound studios. Only 25,000 seats out of 42,500 were sold and tickets cost between $4.50 and $6.50. The local producing company took a loss. Several weeks ago, Paul McCartney held a concert at Candlestick, which is scheduled to be torn down. It was the last event at the stadium.

Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in 2005. It was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history and one of the five deadliest. The 2005 hurricane season also saw Wilma and Rita. Katrina was the 7th strongest Atlantic hurricane ever. Damage was estimated at $108 billion. The storm had formed over the Bahamas on August 23, crossed over southern Florida as a Category 1 hurricane and then intensified into a Category 5 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and was a Category 3 when it hit land in southeast Louisiana. About 80% of the city of New Orleans flooded due to the storm surge and the failure of the levee system. Over 1,833 people died as a result of the hurricane and the flooding.


1920Charlie Parker, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1955)
1936John McCain, American captain and politician
1938Elliott Gould, American actor and producer
1940James Brady, American politician and activist, 15th White House Press Secretary (d. 2014)
1946Bob Beamon, American long jumper
1947Temple Grandin, American doctor and activist
1958Michael Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (The Jackson 5) (d. 2009)

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.