February 23

The pilot of the Enola Gay, Paul Tibbets was born in 1915. He eventually became a brigadier general in the Air Force. The Enola Gay, named after the pilot’s mother, was the plane used to drop “Little Boy,” the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August of 1945. Tibbets had flown bombing raids in Europe before coming to the Japanese theater of war. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross when he returned to the island of Tinian where the mission had been launched. Tibbets died in 2007.

Fred Biletnikoff was born in 1943 is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1988). Considered one of the best receivers of all-time, he played 14 seasons for the Oakland Raiders after his college years with the Florida State Seminoles. Today the Biletnikoff Award is given to the best receiver at the college level. The award began in 1994. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Crabtree are among the winners of this award.

The historic photograph, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, was taken in 1945 by photographer Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag at the top of Mt. Suribachi near the end of World War II. The photo won a Pulitzer Prize and is possible the most reproduced photograph ever taken. The photo was later used to sculpt the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington in 1954.

The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted in 1967. It dealt with the succession of the presidency and established a procedure for filling a vacancy of the vice president. In case of a vacancy for the vice president, the president shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy and needs confirmation of both houses of Congress. The amendment made it clearer that the Vice President shall take over the duties of the presidency if the president dies or becomes incapacitated.

Most basketball fans remember the infamous chair-tossing incident by Coach Bobby Knight of Indiana. In a game against the Purdue Boilermakers in 1985, his temper got the better of him as Coach Knight threw a chair across the floor after a foul was called on one of his players. Three technical fouls got Knight removed from the game. Knight was then escorted off the court.

 

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.