Entertainer Oprah Winfrey celebrates her birthday that began in 1954. She has many achievements in the fields of television, film, publishing, and philanthropy. Oprah was nominated for an Academy Award in 1985 for the movie, The Color Purple. She has often been recognized as one of the most powerful women in the world.
Poet Robert Frost died in 1963 at the age of 88. Some of his memorable poems include Fire and Ice, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, and The Road Not Taken. Frost delivered a poem at the inauguration of President Kennedy.
Stanley Kubrick/s film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, premiered in 1964. It starred Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens. The story satirizes the threat of nuclear war. An American general orders a first-strike on the Soviet Union and then the government tries to recall the strike.
The ninth Winter Olympics opened in Innsbruck, Austria in 1964. 1,091 athletes from 36 nations competed in these games. The United States finished in 8th place with one gold and six total medals (The Olympics never ranks the nations, but the media does.). The Soviet Union finished first with 25 medals. Speed Skater Terry McDermott took home the lone U.S. gold medal. This year’s Olympics in Sochi will see 88 nations with over 2,500 athletes competing.
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.