August 7

In 1959, the Lincoln Memorial design on the United States penny went into circulation. It replaced the “sheaves of wheat” design on the back (reverse) of the penny. Since 1909, Lincoln has been on the obverse (front) of the penny. In 2010, the Union Shield became the design on the reverse side.

Philippe Petit performed a high wire act between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. He was about 1350 feet above the ground with no net below. The unauthorized performance lasted 45 minutes and he was arrested when he came down. All charges against him were dismissed as he agreed to perform a free event for children in Central Park.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency at Love Canal, near Niagara Falls due to toxic waster disposals. Love Canal is a 36-block neighborhood within the city of Niagara Falls, NY. Where houses stood, had formerly been the dumping site for toxic waster of the Hooker Chemical Company (now Occidental Petroleum). 21,000 tons of toxic waste had been dumped in the area. Hooker sold the land to the city of Niagara Falls in 1953 for one dollar in a contract that revealed the waste and claimed limited liability for Hooker. Homes and school were built upon the land during the ensuing years. After numerous illnesses became attributed to the site, homeowners tried to sell their houses and leave, but were usually not able to sell. In 1994, Occidental agreed to pay $129 million in restitution.

Birthdays Today

1903Louis Leakey, Kenyan-English archaeologist (d. 1972)
1926Stan Freberg, American voice actor and singer
1929Don Larsen, American baseball player
1932Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian runner (d. 1973)
1942Garrison Keillor, American author and radio host
1960David Duchovny, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1963Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, American son of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)

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.