January 23

Comedian Ernie Kovacs was born in 1919. A man of many talents, he was a broadcaster, composer, actor and television host. Married to Edie Adam, he died in a car accident in 1962. Watch The Best of Ernie Kovacs.

In 1962, Jackie Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He broke the baseball color barrier in 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers drafted him. In 10 seasons he played in six World Series and in 1949 he was the National League Most Valuable Player. The recent movie, 42, is about his life story.

Mariska Hargitay was born in 1964 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. She is most famous for playing Olivia Benson on the TV show, Law and Order SVU. In 2006, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Hargitay is married to actor Peter Hermann.

North Korea seized a Unites States ship named the USS Pueblo in 1968. North Korea stated that Pueblo strayed into their territorial waters, but the United States maintains that the vessel was in international waters at the time of the incident. The 83-man crew was held for 11 months. North Korea still maintains possession of the ship.

The comedy television show, Barney Miller, premiered on ABC in 1975. It ran until 1982 and was about a fictional Greenwich Village police station (12th Precinct). Major characters featured included Captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden), “Fish,” Yemana, and Wojo. You can watch several episodes 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.