February 3

In 1948, Dick Button became the first skater from the United States to win the World Figure Skating championships. Button won five world championships as well as two gold medals at the Olympics in 1948 and 1952.  He spent many years as a television analyst for figure skating.  Button is credited with performing the first double axel and the first triple jump.

The “Day the Music Died” took place in 1959 when Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash in Iowa. Don McLean immortalized this event in American Pie in 1971.

Yasser Arafat became the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1969. The PLO was created in 1964 and is recognized as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people by over 100 nations. The United States considered the PLO a terrorist organization until 1991. Arafat shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.

The song, Y.M.C.A., reached the number two spot on American pop charts in 1979. Performed by the Village People, the song has sold over ten million copies. The song is still popular and is played at sporting events to stir up the crowd.

Super Bowl XLII, in 2008, saw the New York Giants ruin the undefeated season of the New England Patriots. Heading into the big game, the Patriots were 18 – 0 while the Giants were 10 – 6. The final score of the game was 17 – 14 in favor of the underdog Giants and is considered one of the biggest upsets in sports.

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.