February 16

Sonny Bono was born in Detroit in 1935. He came to fame with his second wife, Cher. Together they produced several hit records and starred in the Sonny and Cher television show in the 1970s. They divorced in 1975 and Sonny eventually became the mayor of Palm Springs, California and a member of the U.S. House of representatives. He died in a skiing accident in 1998.

LeVar Burton was born in 1957. Burton is an actor, presenter, director and author. He is best known as the young Kunta Kinte in the television miniseries Roots. For many years he was the host and producer of Reading Rainbow on PBS. He had an Emmy nomination for Roots and a Peabody Award for producing Reading Rainbow.

Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba in 1959. This signaled the beginning of the end to U.S.-Cuban relations. Castro’s government emphasized social projects to improve Cuba’s standard of living. In 2006, Fidel transferred his responsibilities to his brother Raul.

John McEnroe was born in 1959. He is a former World #1 tennis player who won seven Grand Slam titles (three at Wimbledon and four at the U.S. Open). While his temper often caused him some problems, he was known for his volleying skills. His main rivals were Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl. McEnroe also won many doubles titles with his partner Peter Fleming.
The first 911 Emergency Calling System went into effect in Haleyville, Alabama in 1968. 911 eventually became the emergency phone number nation-wide but many cities did not have the system in place until the 1980s.

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.