December 4

The first Burger King restaurant opened in 1954 in Miami, Florida. The company began as Insta-Burger but would change hands four times and eventually merge with Canada’s Tim Hortons. Burger King has over 13,000 outlets in 79 nations with 66% of them being located in the United States. The Whopper made its appearance on the menu in 1957. I don’t remember the year, but I do remember that I had my first Whopper in Western New York and the price was 59 cents. The best Whopper I ever tasted was in Gila Bend, Arizona. Burger King takes in about $2 billion in revenue each year.

 

Black Panthers, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were shot and killed in their sleep in 1969. A tactical unit of the Chicago Police Department conducted the raid at Fred Hampton’s apartment. Hampton had moved up the ranks quickly within the Black Panther organization. The FBI opened a file on Hampton in 1967 and had a search warrant for his apartment looking for illicit weapons in 1969. An FBI informant gave information that led to the raid, and Hampton was killed by two shots to his head. The murder was included in the documentary film, The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) and in the documentary series Eyes on the Prize.

 

Journalist Terry Anderson was released from captivity in 1991. Anderson was a reporter for the Associated Press and in 1985 was taken hostage by Shiite Hezbollah militants. He had been abducted in Beirut, Lebanon after finishing a tennis match. For the next six years and nine months he was held captive and moved periodically to other sites. His captors were supported by Iran and the kidnapping of Anderson and others was for retaliation against the United States for its aid to Israel. After his release, Anderson taught journalism courses and wrote a memoir of his experiences in captivity called Den of Lions. He sued the Iranian government and received $26 million from money frozen Iranian assets. Some of the money has been used for philanthropic purposes.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1931Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1937Max Baer, Jr., American actor, director, and producer

1939Freddy Cannon, American singer and guitarist

1940Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)

1944Dennis Wilson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer (The Beach Boys) (d. 1983)

1949Jeff Bridges, American actor, singer, and producer

1964Marisa Tomei, American actress

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.