February 12

Basketball player, Bill Russell was born in 1934. He played for the Boston Celtics from 1956 – 1969. Russell was a 12 time All-Star, won 11 NBA Championships, and was the league’s MVP five times. Considered by many to be one of the NBA’s all-time best players, he was exceptional on defense.

Author Judy Blume was born in 1938. Her novels are aimed at children and young adults and have sold over 80 million copies in 31 languages. Blume’s major works include Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, Tiger Eyes, and Forever.

The 17th Winter Olympics began in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. 1,737 athletes from 67 nations competed in 61 events. The United States finished in 5th place while Norway captured the most medals. Dan Jansen, Bonnie Blair and Picabo Street are named you may recall.

President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate at the end of his impeachment trial in 1999. Clinton had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice in matters relating to Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones. Two-thirds of the Senate votes are needed to remove a president. The vote was 55 not guilty and 45 guilty. All the guilty votes came from Republicans, while ten Republican senators voted not guilty.

In 2009, 50 people lost their lives in the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash near Buffalo, NY. The flight originated in Newark and crashed into a house in Clarence, NY at 10:17 PM. All 49 on board were killed along with one person in the house. It is the most recent fatal commercial crash in the United States. Pilot error was the official cause.


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.