January 30

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York in 1882. FDR was the only man to be elected president four times (1932, 1936, 1940, 1944). Sadly, he served very little of his fourth term. He was stricken by polio when he was 39 years old in 1921, but went on to become the Governor of New York and the President of the United States. He was a Democrat whose New Deal tried to pull the nation from the depths of the Great Depression.

Actor Gene Hackman was born in 1930. He received two Academy Awards for The French Connection (1971) and Unforgiven (1992). Hackman played the role of “Popeye” Doyle and was in one of the most memorable movie car chases of all–time. Younger Americans may remember him as Lex Luthor in a couple of Superman films.

In 1948, Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated. He had led India to independence from Britain using nonviolent civil disobedience. Gandhi was on his way to a prayer service when his assassin, who believed that Gandhi had favored Pakistan in the quest for independence, shot him. Over two million people attended his funeral procession.

Carol Heiss won the 1960 U.S. Women’s Figure Skating championship. She won a silver medal in the 1956 Winter Olympics and was a five-time world champion. Heiss took the gold medal at the 1964 Olympics.

In 1961, President Kennedy asked for the establishment of the Peace Corps in his State of the Union speech. "An even more valuable national asset is our reservoir of dedicated men and women-not only on our college campuses but in every age group--who have indicated their desire to contribute their skills, their efforts, and a part of their lives to the fight for world order. We can mobilize this talent through the formation of a National Peace Corps, enlisting the services of all those with the desire and capacity to help foreign lands meet their urgent needs for trained personnel."

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.