December 16

The film, Lawrence of Arabia, was released in the United States in 1962. It was directed by David Lean and stars Peter O’Toole in the title role. The film is considered by many to be one of the most influential films in cinema history. Lawrence of Arabia was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven including Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Picture. Filming took place in Jordan, Morocco, and Spain.


The Miami Dolphins finished the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record in 1972. The Dolphins defeated the Baltimore Colts by a score of 16-0 before 80,000 fans. They went on to be the only team in the NFL to win the Super Bowl after completing an undefeated season. The team was led by Coach Don Shula and leading players were Bob Griese, Earl Morrall, and Larry Csonka. The Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.


In 1978, the city of Cleveland, Ohio became the first major city to enter into a financial default on federal loans since the Great Depression. In 1949, the city had been designated an All-America City for the first time. The population had hit its peak of 914,000. The fifties and sixties saw social and racial unrest and a flow of people to the suburbs and Cleveland was often referred to as “The Mistake on the Lake.” Today, the population stands at 397,000.


Birthdays Today


1901Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (d. 1978)

1917Arthur C. Clarke, English-Sri Lankan soldier and author (d. 2008)

1928Philip K. Dick, American author (d. 1982)

1938Frank Deford, American journalist and author

1938Liv Ullmann, Japanese-Norwegian actress, director, and screenwriter

1943Steven Bochco, American screenwriter and producer

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.