You Are There with Walter Cronkite began on CBS television in 1953. It was originally a radio program that started in 1947. The series featured key moments in U.S. and world history. Actors did reenactments and reporters would interview the people from the past. I think I learned a lot about history during my early childhood by watching this show. The original videos are not available online, but you can watch a 1970s revival of the series.
In 1964, I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles became the #1 hit and stayed there for seven weeks. I was in junior high at the time and I certainly can recall that “Beatlemania” afflicted all the girls at school.
News broadcaster Peter Jennings became the ABC News anchor in 1965. Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM was a Canadian American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer. Unfortunately, he died of lung cancer at age 67 in 2005. You can watch his last sign-off here.
Most people have seen one of the most famous photographs from the Vietnam War taken by Eddie Adams, an AP news photographer on this day in 1968. Adams later went on to say, “The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapons in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn't say was, "What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?” Eddie Adams died at age 71 in 2004.
In 2004, the ultimate “wardrobe malfunction” occurred at the Super Bowl. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas when the event occurred. CBS was fined $550,000, which was voided by a later court ruling. The incident set off much debate concerning decency on network television.
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.