February 14

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place today in 1929.  Members of Al Capone’s South Side Italian Gang murdered seven members of the Bugs Moran’s North Side Gang. The executions were supposedly a revenge killing by Capone and the plan was to kill bugs Moran. In the movie, Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon accidentally witness the event and escape disguised as women.

Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Jake LaMotta in a classic middleweight title bout in 1951. This fight was also known as “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” Sugar Ray and Jake LaMotta had fought five times before. Robinson won the bout with a 13th round technical knockout and he won five of the six matches. Once again, there is another movie connection – Raging Bull.

American soprano, Renee Fleming was born in 1959. Her numerous awards include a National Medal of Arts and a Richard Tucker Award. She regularly performs in opera houses all over the world. More importantly, she sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII!

In 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded her signature song, Respect for Atlantic Records. Franklin's version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. The song is considered to be one of the best rhythm and blues songs of all time. On 2002, the Library of Congress added Respect to the National Recording Registry and it is on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The 13th Winter Olympics opened in Lake Placid, NY in 1980. The village had also hosted the 1932 Winter Olympics. “Roni” and “Ronny” were two raccoons that were the mascots of these games. The highlight for Americans was the “Miracle on Ice” when the amateur U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the Russians and went on to win the gold medal. East Germany won the most total medals, while the United States finished third with 12 medals. Eric Heiden won all five gold medals in speed skating.


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.