December 13

In 1961, the album Big Bad John, by Jimmy Dean became the first million-dollar seller in country music. Perhaps more famous for his sausage brand, Jimmy Dean was a singer, actor, and television show host. The song, Big Bad John went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy in 1962. He had another hit in 1962 with PT-109, a song that honored President Kennedy. Dean died in 2010 and was posthumously inducted into the Country Hall of Fame.


Kofi Annan of Ghana was elected as the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations in 1996. He served in that position from January 1, 1997 until the end of 2006. Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in trying to promote a more peaceful world. In 2007, he founded the Kofi Annan Foundation to promote better global governance.


American forces captured former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in 2003 near Tikrit. His appearance had changed with the growth of long hair and a full beard, and was in good health. Saddam was transferred to a military base in Baghdad. His trial began on June 30, 2004 and on November 5 he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging. Saddam Hussein was hanged on December 30, 2006.


Birthdays Today


1913Archie Moore, American boxer and actor (d. 1998)

1920George P. Shultz, American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State

1925Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and producer

1934Richard D. Zanuck, American film producer (d. 2012)

1943Ferguson Jenkins, Canadian baseball and basketball player

1957Steve Buscemi, American actor and director

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.