August 8

The Great Train Robbery took place in 1963. A Royal Mail train was traveling between Glasgow and London when it was attacked and robbed. Fifteen members of a gang tampered with the track signals and stopped the train. Police estimated that the robbers got away with about 2.6 million British pounds in cash. The robbers were subsequently caught and tried in 1964. Many of the convicted received sentences of 25-30 years in prison. Less than 400,000 pounds were eventually recovered.

In 1969, photographer Iain Macmillan photographed a crosswalk on Abbey Road in London, which became the cover of the Beatles’ album, Abbey Road. Macmillan climbed a ladder to take a series of six photographs. The fourth photo was chosen for the album cover, while the sixth one was used on the back cover. Tourists from all over the world visit the site for their own photographic endeavors.

Richard Nixon became the only president to resign from office. He officially announced his resignation to a nationwide television audience in 1974. He would give up the presidency at noon the following day. Nixon claimed he was resigning for the good of the nation and to avoid an impending impeachment trial after the nation had already gone through the Watergate scandal. Vice president Gerald Ford became the president the next day and eventually granted Nixon a pardon. Nixon died in 1994 at the age of 81.

Birthdays Today

1930Jerry Tarkanian, American basketball player and coach
1937Dustin Hoffman, American actor, singer, and producer
1938Connie Stevens, American actress, singer, director, and producer
1949Keith Carradine, American actor and singer

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.