January 16

Dian Fossey was born in 1932 in San Francisco. She was considered the world's leading authority on the physiology and behavior of mountain gorillas. She spent two decades studying mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Her death in 1985 remains a mystery. Her book, Gorillas in the Mist later became a motion picture starring Sigourney Weaver..

1964 saw the opening of Hello, Dolly! at the St. James theater in New York. Carol Channing played Dolly and the show closed in 1970 after 2,844 performances. The film version came out in 1964 and starred Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau.

Baseball player Curt Flood filed a civil lawsuit that challenged the reserve contract in major league baseball in 1970. Flood was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies,but refused to go. His career basically ended as very few players defended his actions.

The final episode of Bonanza ran today in 1973. It starred Lorne Green, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, and Dan Blocker as Hoss. The ranch of the Cartwright family, the Pondersoa, was located near Virginia City, Nevada. It was an important show for many families on a Sunday night. You can watch full esisodes on TVland.

Donny and Marie Osmond began their musical variety show on ABC in 1976. They were only 18 and 19 years of age when they began the show. Many viewers appreciated their "wholesomeness!" These days, they are playing in LasVegas! You can watch one of their early shows on YouTube.


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.