December 10

The siege of Chengdu in China began in 1949. The Communist Chinese led by Mao Zedong eventually defeated the Kuomintang led by Chiang Kai-shek at the end of the Chinese Civil War. The war began in 1927 and the end came with the Nationalist Chinese (Kuomintang) evacuating to the island of Formosa and establishing a government there. The communists held control of Mainland China and the era of two Chinas began. The United Sates had heavily supported the Kuomintang army. In 1971, the United Nations removed Nationalist China from its seat and replaced it with The People’s Republic of China.


Mighty Mouse Playhouse premiered on television in 1955. It ran on CBS until 1966. Mighty Mouse was Terrytoon’s most popular character and television turned him into a cultural icon. It was a favorite Saturday morning cartoon show from the 1950s to the 1980s.


Prime Minister of Israel, Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978. Both leaders met with President Jimmy Carter at Camp David in September 1978 and their work led to the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. In 2002, Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his many efforts of negotiating political differences around the world.


Birthdays Today


1911Chet Huntley, American journalist (d. 1974)

1913Morton Gould, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1996)

1928Dan Blocker, American actor (d. 1972)

1941Tommy Kirk, American actor and singer

1960Kenneth Branagh, Irish actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter

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.