July 13

In 1977, New York City experienced a blackout that affected most of the city on the 13th and 14th of July. Caused by lightning strikes and Con Edison had a major problem on their hands and by 9:26 p.m. the entire system shut down. Looting and vandalism became widespread, but Crown Heights and Bushwick were the hardest hit. Over 4500 people were arrested for looting and many fires were set. Over 1600 stores were damaged and over 1,000 fires were responded to by firefighters. The Mets game at Shea Stadium was also affected and the game was finished at a later time.

Live Aid was a concert held in 1985 in two places, London (Wembley Stadium) and Philadelphia (John F. Kennedy Stadium). The event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ugre to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine. A total of 170,000 people attended the event. Live Aid had a global television audience of over 1.9 billion people. Estimates believe that over 150 million pounds were raised by the effort. Performers included Elvis Costello, Sting, U2, Elton John, The Four Tops, The Beach Boys, and many others.

In 1985, George H.W. Bush became the acting President of the United States when Ronald Reagan underwent a colonoscopy. Two letters were drafted to transfer the office of the presidency to Bush as per the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Nothing of consequence occurred while Bush was acting president.

Birthdays Today

1913Dave Garroway, American journalist (d. 1982)
1928Bob Crane, American actor (d. 1978)
1935Jack Kemp, American football player and politician (d. 2009)
1940Patrick Stewart, English actor
1942Harrison Ford, American actor and producer
1946Cheech Marin, American actor, singer, and screenwriter
1963Spud Webb, American basketball player

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.