August 31

The nation of Trinidad and Tobago became an independent nation in 1962. The twin island nation is off the coast of Venezuela and is south of Grenada. It is 1,981 square miles in area and has a population of 1,223,916. The island were a former British colony since 1802. The nation’s economy is primarily industrial with petroleum and petrochemicals being the most important producers. Trinidad and Tobago is also noted for Carnival and is the originator of steel drums, limbo, and calypso music.

The 44th Emmy Awards were handed out in 1992 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the show was broadcast on Fox TV. The show was hosted by Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley, and Dennis Miller. Major awards went to:

Outstanding Comedy Series – Murphy Brown
Outstanding Drama Series – Northern Exposure
Outstanding Comedy Actor – Craig T. Nelson in Coach
Outstanding Comedy Actress – Candice Bergen in Murphy Brown
Outstanding Actor in Drama – Christopher Lloyd in Road to Avonlea
Outstanding Actress in Drama – Dana Delany in China Beach

Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1997 due to injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris. Her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul were also killed. While the media placed much of the blame on paparazzi, the official cause was the reckless driving of the chauffer. A French investigation determined that Paul lost control of the car at a high speed while drunk behind the wheel. Diana’s funeral drew a crowd estimated to be three million at Westminster Abbey on September 6.

Birthdays Today

1897Fredric March, American actor (d. 1975)
1903Arthur Godfrey, American radio and television host (d. 1983)
1918Alan Jay Lerner, American songwriter and composer (d. 1986)
1928James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)
1935Frank Robinson, American baseball player and manager
1945Itzhak Perlman, Israeli-American violinist and conductor
1949Richard Gere, American actor, singer, and producer

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.