December 25

In 1914, during World War I, an unofficial Christmas truce occurred along the Western Front. In the week before Christmas German and British soldiers often crossed enemy lines into no man’s land to exchange seasonal greetings. Food and souvenirs were swapped and carols were often sung. Burial ceremonies and prisoner exchanges took place along with games of soccer. In the Christmas season of 1915 similar occurrences took place, though not as common as before and in 1916 the bitterness of the war prevented such sharing.

 

The film version of To Kill A Mockingbird premiered in 1962. The screenplay was based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Gregory Peck played the lead role as Atticus Finch. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and it earned three with Peck winning as Best Actor.

 

Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the Secretary General of the Soviet Union in 1991 in a nationally televised speech. He declared that the position existed no longer and turned over his duties to Boris Yeltsin, which included control of the Soviet nuclear codes. The next day the Soviet Union was formally dissolved.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1907Cab Calloway, American singer-songwriter and bandleader (d. 1994)

1918Anwar Sadat, Egyptian lieutenant and politician, 3rd President of Egypt, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

1924Rod Serling, American screenwriter and producer, created The Twilight Zone (d. 1975)

1945Ken Stabler, American football player and sportscaster

1946Jimmy Buffett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1946Larry Csonka, American football player and sportscaster

1949Sissy Spacek, American actress and singer

1958Rickey Henderson, American baseball player and coach

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.