January 20

Bill Maher was born in 1956. He is the host of Real Time on HBO. The documentary Religulous is based on his critical view of religion. Loved by liberals, hated by conservatives.

In 1968, Peggy Fleming won the U.S. Female Skating Championship. She would go on to win the gold at the Winter Games later that year in Grenoble, France. It was the only gold medal the United States won in those Olympics.

Richard Nixon (1969), Ronald Reagan (1981), George HW Bush (1989), Bill Clinton (1993), Barack Obama (2009), and a few other men were sworn in today as presidents of the United States. The 20th Amendment changed the date of inauguration from March 4 to January 20.

For 444 days, I kept putting up ascending numbers in the corner of my classroom chalkboard. Fifty-two American hostages were finally released on this day in 1981. Although the crisis belonged to Jimmy Carter and he was most responsible for ending it, I seem to remember that Ronald Reagan got the credit on the day he was inaugurated. Watch an NBC short summary of the crisis. The recent film, Argo, tells the story from its perspective.

The Mamas and the Papas and The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The Mamas and the Papas gave us songs such as California Dreaming and Monday, Monday. One of my all-time favorite songs is Hotel California by the Eagles.

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.