February 24

Entrepreneur Steve Jobs was born in 1955 in San Francisco. He was the co-founder of Apple Computer along with Steve Wozniak in 1976. Jobs was the charismatic leader of Apple who helped pioneer the personal computer market. He left Apple in 1985 only to return several years later when Apple was in trouble. Apple then turned out the iPod, iTunes, iPad, and the iPhone making Apple a very successful company. Jobs founded Pixar Animation Studios before his return to Apple. Jobs died in 2011 after his battle with cancer.

The USA Olympic hockey team finished their gold medal quest when the defeated Finland 4 – 2 in 1980. This continued the “Miracle on Ice.” This year’s Olympic hockey did not fare so well as they lost to Canada in the semi-finals and then lost the bronze medal to Finland.

Britain’s Prince Charles announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. The two had known each other since November of 1977 and the proposal was made on February 6th of 1981. The engagement rings consisted of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a sapphire of 12 carats set in 18 carat white gold. Their marriage took place on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Sir Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998 for his contributions to the British Empire. In 1994, he had gone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, Elton John received a Kennedy Center Honor.  He won an Oscar for Best Original Song, Can You Feel the Love Tonight? From the Lion King and he is the winner of five Grammy Awards.

The 85th Academy Awards took place in 2013. Winners last year included:

Best male actor in a leading role: Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln
Best male actor in a supporting role: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
Best actress in a leading role: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Best actress in a supporting role: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Best picture: Argo

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.