December 17

In 1969, the Salt I talks began between the Soviet Union and the United States. Salt refers to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks Agreement that froze the number of ballistic missile launchers at the existing levels. The United States had 1,054 land-base missiles and 656 submarine-base missiles. The first results of these talks came in May 1971. SALT II talks continued from 1972 – 1979 and the goal of these talks was to curtail the manufacture of strategic nuclear weapons.


Tiny Tim married Miss Vicky on The Tonight Show in 1969. Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) had become somewhat popular singing in a falsetto voice and playing a ukulele and had appeared on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In on television. With about 40,000,000 watching, Tiny Tim married Victoria Mae Budinger on the Tonight Show. The couple divorced eight years later after having mostly lived apart. Herbert Khaury died in 1996 at age 64 after suffering two heart attacks.


The animated television show, The Simpsons, first aired on Fox in 1989. The show was created by Matt Groenig with Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie being members of the Simpsons who live in the fictional town of Springfield. As of September 2014, 561 episodes have been produced and the show is now in its 26th season. The first episode was Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running primetime television series. The show has won 31 Emmy Awards.


Birthdays Today


1894Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)

1903Erskine Caldwell, American author (d. 1987)

1929William Safire, American journalist and author (d. 2009)

1936Pope Francis, 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church

1946Eugene Levy, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter

1964Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster

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.