December 30

Let’s Make a Deal premiered on NBC television in 1963. The show centers on deals that the host makes to members of the audience and is known for the crazy costumes worn by audience members in the hope of being selected to participate in a deal. For many years, Monty Hall was the host as well as being the co-creator and co-producer of the show. From 1963-1976, 3200 episodes were created. The newest version of the show began in 2009.

 

Ferdinand Marcos became the President of the Philippines in 1965. He ruled the nation under martial law from 1972-1981. Marcos had been a member of the Philippine House of Representatives and the Senate from 1949-1965. Marcos was elected after touting himself as a highly decorated war veteran of World War II against Japan. Marcos involved the Philippines in the Vietnam War. Leftist unrest in his country caused him to declare martial law and curtailed freedom of the press and other civil liberties. He ordered the arrest of Benigno Aquino and other senators. Aquino was assassinated in the Manila Airport as he returned from three years of exile in 1983. Details began to emerge about Marco's accumulation of large amounts of money and the public was growing weary of his abuse of power. In poor health, Marcos and his wife Imelda fled to Hawaii in 1986. Imelda left behind over 2,700 pairs of shoes.

 

Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal of the season in the 39th games of the 1981 season. It was Gretzky’s third season in the NHL. Maurice Richard of Montreal and Mike Bossy earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games. Gretzky finished that season with 55 goals and in the next season he scored 92 which is the current NHL record.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1914Bert Parks, American actor and singer (d. 1992)

1920Jack Lord, American actor and director (d. 1998)

1928 Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1934Del Shannon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1990)

1935Sandy Koufax, American baseball player and sportscaster

1937Paul Stookey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Peter, Paul and Mary)

1945Davy Jones, English singer and actor (The Monkees) (d. 2012)

1957Matt Lauer, American journalist

1959Tracey Ullman, English-American actress, singer, director, and screenwriter

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.