February 2

The first Groundhog Day occurred in 1887 in Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA. If the groundhog sees his shadow, it means that there will be six more weeks of winter. Today, tens of thousands of fans flock to Punxsutawney each year to see the event. According to the Inner Circle, Punxsutawney Phil is always correct in his predictions.

The first broadcast of What’s My Line? Took place in 1950. Panelists on the show asked questions of the contestant to try to determine his or her occupation.  The original panelists included host John Daly, Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf. The show won three Emmys and ran until 1967.

G.I. Joe made his appearance on the toy market in 1964. He is part of a line of action figures produced by Hasbro. Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2003. Finally, a doll for boys was here. Previous wisdom said boys would not play with dolls.

The Way We Were became the #1 hit in 1974. The song was Barbra Streisand’s first number one hit. She is the best-selling female artist of all time with over 240 million records sold worldwide. Streisand is the winner of eight Grammy Awards, and of course has appeared in many motion pictures.

In 1971, Idi Amin declared himself the President of Uganda after a coup ousted the previous regime.  Human rights abuses, political repression, corruption and ethnic cleansing characterized Amin’s rule.  In August of 1972, Amin expelled all Asians from Uganda, which gravely affected the economy of the nation. In 1979, Amin went into exile with the help of Muammar Gaddafi. Amin died in 2003.

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.