February 17

The comic strip B.C. made its debut in 1958. The Johnny Hart creation features cavemen and various animals created it. Hart died at his drawing board in 2007 and two of his grandsons took over the strip. Thor, Grog, and Wiley were featured characters.

Michael Jordan was born in 1963. I consider him to be the best player in the history of basketball. He played at the University of North Carolina and then became a member of the Chicago Bulls. Jordan won six NBA championships, was the league MVP six times, and won two Olympic gold medals. He tried to play professional baseball and then became a part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Beatles released Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever in the United Kingdom in 1967. Both songs were later included in the album Magical Mystery Tour. Penny Lane (my favorite Beatle’s song) was the name of a street near John Lennon’s childhood home and Beatle’s fans are often found trying to find this road.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1968. Basketball, of course, was invented by James Naismith in 1891. The Hall of Fame began in 1959 and honors great players, coaches, and those who have made major contributions to the sport.

In 1998, the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team won the gold medal. The team went undefeated in the tournament and defeated Canada in the gold medal game. It was the first time women’s hockey was played at the Winter Olympics

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.