December 6

Vladimir Nabokov completed his novel, Lolita in 1953. It was not published until 1955 in Paris and 1958 in New York. The novel is notable for its controversial subject, an older man who becomes sexually involved with a 12 year-old girl. The term “Lolita” has become a term to describe a sexually precocious girl. Two films grew from the novel, one by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 and another by Adrian Lyne in 1997. Lolita is on Time’s List of the Best 100 Novels in the English language.


Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis won the 1961 Heisman Trophy as the best college football player.  Davis wore #44, the same number that was worn by Jim Brown when he played for Syracuse. He was the first African American to win the trophy. Davis was drafted by the Washington Redskins and traded immediately to the Cleveland Browns. He never got a chance to play in a professional game as he was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1962. Davis died in 1963 at the age of 23. The Express was a movie about the life of Ernie Davis.


In 1973, the House of Representatives confirmed Gerald Ford as the Vice President of the United States by a vote of 387 to 35. The vacancy occurred because of the resignation of Spiro Agnew due to criminal charges of tax evasion. Nixon nominated Ford on October 12, the Senate confirmed him on November 27. With the House confirmation, Ford was sworn into office. The 25th Amendment had established the procedure for replacing a vice president. Ford then became president on August 9, 1974 after Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal. Ford is the only person to become president without being elected president or vice president.


Birthdays Today


1896Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)

1898Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995)

1900Agnes Moorehead, American actress and singer (d. 1974)

1908Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (d. 1934)

1920Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)

1921Otto Graham, American football player and coach (d. 2003)

1924Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)

1941Richard Speck, American murderer (d. 1991)



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.