August 3

In 1946, Whitaker Chambers was called upon to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He accused Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union. Chambers had been a former Communist Party member. Hiss was then indicted on two counts of perjury. After a hung jury, Hiss was tried again in 1950 and was found guilty and served three and a half years in prison. The trials stirred a growing dispute concerning communism in the United States.

The TRS-80, a desktop microcomputer made by Tandy/Radio Shack was released in 1977. It was one of the earliest mass-produced personal computers. It included a keyboard, a monitor, and used the BASIC programming language. The starting price was $600 ($2300 in today’s dollars) and stored information on a tape drive. I remember using them at school when they first came out and our school district started teaching BASIC to the teachers. I “fondly” remember typing for a very long time just to see my name appear on the screen! One mistake and the program crashed.

The man that Americans loved to hate, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became the President of Iran in 2005. He was a conservative whose term ran until 2013. Ahmadinejad had been an engineer and a teacher before going into politics. He was often criticized for his disregard of human rights, hostility towards many foreign nations, and supporting the development of a nuclear program in Iran.

Birthdays Today

1920P. D. James, English author
1924Leon Uris, American author (d. 2003)
1926Tony Bennett, American singer
1940Martin Sheen, American actor and producer
1941Martha Stewart, American businesswoman, publisher, and author, founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

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.