January 31

Chicago Cub, Ernie Banks was born in 1931. Known as “Mr. Cub,” Banks was a home-run hitting shortstop and first baseman. He finished with 512 homeruns, was twice the National league’s MVP and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

In 1950, President Harry Truman announced the development of the hydrogen bomb by the United States. Thermonuclear bombs can be hundreds or thousands of times more destructive that the atomic bombs used in Japan. You can watch a video of the first test of a hydrogen bomb.

The United States Embassy in Saigon was attacked in 1968, as part of the Tet Offensive. A 19-man suicide squad seized the U.S. Embassy and held it for six hours until an assault force of U.S. paratroopers landed by helicopter on the building's roof and routed them. Early successes during this offensive were a morale boost to the communists in Vietnam.

The Tide is High by Blondie hit number one in 1981. Other hits by Deborah Harry include Heart of Glass and Rapture.

The first McDonalds in Russia opened in Moscow in 1990. With 700 seats, it was once the largest McDonalds in the world and served over 30,000 people on opening day. Other McDonalds restaurants also claim to be the largest based on square footage.

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.