July 12

In 1962, the Rolling Stones conducted their first public performance as a group.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ian Stewart performed at the Marquee Club in London. They preformed Chicago blues as well as some Chuck Berry and Bo Diddly songs. The Stones were part of the British Invasion of band that became popular in the United States in the mid-sixties. Their success is legendary and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and they have estimated sales of over 250 million albums. In 2012, they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

The Newark Riots occurred in New Jersey between July 12 and July 17 in 1967. Six days of rioting and looting left 26 dead, thousands injured and $10 million worth of damage. Long-term causes included racial profiling by police, lack of opportunity in education and employment for minorities, and a feeling of disenfranchisement. The spark that touched off the riot came when a black cabdriver was arrested for improperly passing two policemen. After the cabdriver was seen being dragged into police headquarters, the rumor started that he had been killed while in police custody. Crowds gathered in outrage and the riot was on.

Disco Demolition Night was a baseball promotion that turned ugly in 1979. The event was held to attract people to Comiskey Park in Chicago and between games of a doubleheader when the White Sox took on the Detroit Tigers. The main attraction would be exploding a large crate of disco records to show disdain for the disco music genre. Fans paid 98 cents and brought a disco record to gain admittance. The White Sox hoped for a crowd of 20,000 fans, but 50,000 showed up. Many of the records were not collected from the overflowing crowd and were then thrown like Frisbees during the game. After the crate of disco records was exploded between games, the crowd stormed the field and had to be removed by riot police. The White Sox forfeited the second game.

1908Milton Berle, American comedian, actor, and singer (d. 2002)
1917Andrew Wyeth, American painter (d. 2009)
1934Van Cliburn, American pianist (d. 2013)
1937Bill Cosby, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
1943Christine McVie, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack)
1948Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer and actor
1951Cheryl Ladd, American actress and singer

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.