July 1

The ZIP codes (Zone Improvement Plan) were introduced into the U.S. Postal Service System in 1963. The plan was intended to move mail through the system in a speedier fashion. There are five digits in the standard codes and the ZIP+4 was added in the 1983. Zip codes generally get higher as one moves westward across the nation with the eastern states getting the lower numbers. Only three states have ZIP codes beginning with the number 1 – Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania.

In 1979, the Sony Corporation introduced the Walkman. It was a portability audio cassette player and changed the way people listen to music. A Sony engineer, who wanted to listen to opera on long plane trips, developed the prototype. Approximately 385 million units were sold before production stopped in 2010. A Walkman Professional was introduced in 1982 that could record as well as play. The Walkman cassette version eventually gave way to a CD version and then to an MP3 version.

German reunification began in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) agreed to share the same currency – the Deutsche Mark. Germany had been broken into sectors by the Allied armies at the end of World War II. The Soviet sphere eventually became East Germany, while the British, French, and American sectors formed West Germany. Two weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in November of 1989, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced a plan for the two Germanys to expand cooperation with a view towards reunification. The two parts of German would officially come together on October 3, 1990 and became a holiday called the Day of German Unity.

Birthdays Today

1931Leslie Caron, French actress and dancer
1952Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor, screenwriter, and producer
1961Carl Lewis, American long jumper and runner
1961Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)

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.