February 18

Birthdays for today include:

Yoko Ono was born in 1933. She is an artist, peace activist, musician, and filmmaker. From 1969 – 1980 she was married to John Lennon. Yoko and John spent a lot of time promoting peace. A lot of critics blamed Yoko Ono for the breakup of the Beatles. After Lennon’s murder, she began work to preserve John Lennon’s legacy. She has made significant philanthropic contributions to arts, peace, Philippine disaster relief, and AIDS and autism outreach programs.

Author Jean Auel was born in 1936. She is best known for a series of children’s books and her series of novels about Cro-Magnon and Neanderthals. The series began with The Clan of the Cave Bear (1980) and was followed by The Valley of the Horses (1982).

Film director and producer, John Hughes was born in 1950. He directed or scripted some of the most popular films of the 80s and 90s including National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, and Home Alone. He died of a heart attack in 2009.

John Travolta was born in 1954. He first became known on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter. His film career then took off with him starring in Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, and Face/Off. He has had two Academy Award Nominations for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez hosted the 1952 Emmy Awards Show. Red Skelton, Sid Caesar, and Imogen Coca won an award for the best variety show, Your Show of Shows. The show ran from 1950 until 1954. Sid Caesar passed away on February 12 of this year.

The 8th Winter Olympics opened in Squaw Valley, California in 1960. Thirty nations attended and competed in 27 events. The Soviet Union dominated the games with 21 medals. The United States finished second with 10 total medals. Gold medals were won by skaters David Jenkins, Carol Heiss, and the U.S. hockey team.

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.