January 25

The first regular commercial transcontinental flight took place in 1959. It cost $238.80 to fly from LA to NY. Today that ticket would cost $1,911.69 when adjusted for inflation. But lobster was served to passengers. And we complain about the “high” cost of flying!

In 1970, the movie M*A*S*H, premiered in theaters. The film is a satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The movie starred Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, Elliott Gould, and Sally Kellerman. The television version ran from 1972-1983. MASH stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and the film takes place in Korea, not Vietnam!

Charles Manson and three female followers were convicted of the Tate-LaBiancas murders in 1971. Manson has been up for parole, but has always been denied. Watch a documentary by Dianne Sawyer on YouTube

Klaus Barbie, the “Butcher of Lyon,” was arrested in Bolivia in 1983. He was the head of the Gestapo in Lyon, France and was responsible for personally torturing prisoners. Historians estimate that he was responsible for the deaths of 14,000 people. Barbie was sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 1987.

The Australian Open (tennis) is taking place now in Melbourne. The tournament began in 1905 and is the first tournament of the Grand Slam events. (The French Open, Wimbledon,and the US Open will follow.) In 1992, Monica Seles defeated Mary Jo Fernandez to win the women’s singles title. Seles was stabbed during a match in 1993 and was out of tennis for two years. This year Li Na of China will be playing Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

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.