December 26

In 1982, Time magazine named the personal computer as Time’s Person of the Year. This was the first and only time that a non-human has won the award. Charles Lindbergh was Time’s Man of the Year in 1927. For 2014, Time selected the Ebola fighters in Liberia and the United States as the Person of the Year. The only individual women to be selected were Wallis Simpson (1936, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (1937), and Elizabeth II (1952).

 

The body of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey was found murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado in 1996. Her body was found about eight hours after she was reported missing. JonBenét had been struck in the head and strangled. The case remains unsolved after several grand jury investigations and story continues to generate public interest. Her parents and brother were initially prime suspects, but were eventually cleared.

 

In 2004, a magnitude 9.1-9.3 earthquake created a tsunami killing over 230,000 people in 14 nations. The epicenter was off the west coast of Sumatra, an island of Indonesia. Some of the waves were reported to be as high as 100 feet. The earthquake was the third-largest earthquake ever recorded by seismographs. A worldwide humanitarian response donated more than $14 billion. The disaster has been called the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the South Asian Tsunami, the Christmas Tsunami, and the Boxing Day Tsunami. Indonesia suffered the most deaths with a confirmed 130,736 killed. The tsunami reached the East Coast of Africa killing people in South Africa, Kenya, and Madagascar.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1914Richard Widmark, American actor and producer (d. 2008)

1921Steve Allen, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1927Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1947Carlton Fisk, American baseball player

1954Ozzie Smith, American baseball player and sportscaster

1956David Sedaris, American comedian, author, and radio host

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.