Bastille Day

In 1960, Jane Goodall arrived at the Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania, to begin her work with chimpanzees in the wild. Goodall was living on a farm in Kenya when she called Louis Leakey and her training for her research began. Goodall became a member of a troop of chimpanzees for 22 months and she gave names to the chimpanzees instead of numbers. She discovered that chimps can use rudimentary tools and that they can become angry and violent. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 and she is an activist for conservation. In 2004, Goodall was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Richard Speck murdered eight nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in 1966. His rampage included stabbing or strangling his victims and one victim managed to escape by hiding under a bed until morning. Speck was arrested on July 17 and his trial began in April 1967. After 49 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Speck guilty and recommended the death sentence. His life was spared by rulings of the Supreme Court against the death penalty. Speck died of a heart attack while in prison in 1991.

In 1969, the United States started withdrawing the $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills from circulation. The large bills were basically used by financial institutions to transfer large sums.

Birthdays Today

1912Woody Guthrie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Almanac Singers) (d. 1967)
1918Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)
1926Harry Dean Stanton, American actor and singer
1927John Chancellor, American journalist (d. 1996)
1960Jane Lynch, 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.