December 5

In 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged, making it the largest federation of unions in the United States. In 2008, the AFL-CIO represented approximately 11 million workers. The largest union within the AFL-CIO is the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) with more than 1.6 million members.

 

The final episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus broadcast on the BBC took place in 1974. The Monty Python group included Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The show began on the BBC in 1969 and pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable for television. Some of the more famous skits included “Dead Parrot,” “Spam,” “The Spanish Inquisition,” and “Cheese Shop.” CBC brought the show to Canada and PBS broadcast the show to Americans.

 

Herschel Walker was the recipient of the Heisman Trophy award for the best college football player in 1982. Walker played running back for the University of Georgia and was an All-American pick in football and track. He began playing professional football for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL, then played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the New York Giants. He was elected to the College Football of Hall Fame in 1999. Walker retired from the NFL in 1997 and became involved in mixed martial arts.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1902Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)

1906Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)

1932Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

1947Jim Plunkett, American football player and radio host

1963Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper

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.