January 18

Actor Kevin Costner was born in 1955. He won two Academy Awards for Dances With Wolves in 1991. He starred in Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989) and, unfortunately, he also starred in Waterworld (1996).

In 1958, Willie O’Ree became the first African-American hockey player to play in the National Hockey League. He played two games with the Boston Bruins before returning to minor league hockey for the rest of his career.

Albert DeSalvo became known as The Boston Strangler. He confessed to the murders of 13 women between 1962 and 1964. His attorney was F. Lee Bailey. Of course there is a Hollywood version! DeSalvo was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1967.

Pink Floyd’s album, The Wall, hit the number one spot in music in 1980. And, yes, there was a film version.

In 1983, the International Olympic Committee restored Olympic medals to Jim Thorpe seventy years after he won two gold medals for the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The committee had taken away his medals because he had received money while playing baseball before the Olympics. Watch a short film biography of Jim Thorpe.

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.