August 5

American Bandstand made its first appearance on ABC television in 1957. It had aired locally in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV since 1952 before it went national with Dick Clark as the host. The show featured teens dancing to the Top 40 songs, whether they were recordings or popular musical acts lip-synching their latest single. In 1964, American Bandstand moved to Los Angeles. The show turned to color in 1967 and it ran until 1989. Over 3,000 shows were produced, but many early shows were not recorded.

Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, He was charged with inciting a workers’ strike and leaving the country without permission. His hearing began in Pretoria on October 15. Mandela refused to call any witnesses and he began a political speech condemning the policies of the government. He was sentenced to five years in prison. After some of Mandela’s papers were found in 1963, he was charged with sabotage and conspiring to overthrow the government. Mandela was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. His release came in 1990.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who were members of PATCO – Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. On August 3, the union declared a strike while trying to obtain better working conditions, better pay, and a 32-hour workweek. Reagan called the strike a “peril to national safety” and ordered the controllers back to their jobs. Only 1,300 returned to work and the ones who refused were fired and banned from federal service for life. The FAA had a difficult time replacing those who had been fired and it would take about ten years to get back to the previous staffing levels.

Birthdays Today

1911Robert Taylor, American actor and singer (d. 1969)
1930Neil Armstrong, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (d. 2012)
1937Herb Brooks, American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)
1945Loni Anderson, American actress
1962Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-American basketball player and coach

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.