July 15

A major strike in the steel industry occurred in 1959. The United Steel Workers of America led a strike against major American steel producers because of a part of the contract that limited management’s ability to change the number of workers for a given task. Management felt that this clause permitted “featherbedding” and reduced the competitiveness of the American steel industry. 500,000 steelworkers went on strike shutting down almost every steel plant in the United States. President Eisenhower invoked the Taft-Hartley Act claiming that a prolonged strike would affect national security. Eventually the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Taft-Hartly Act and the union ordered its workers back to work. The strike hurt the American steel industry as manufacturers began to look for cheaper steel overseas.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter gave his famous “malaise speech” during which he never used the word “malaise.” Carter went on television and gave a speech in which he said he felt that there was a crisis of confidence in America. Carter felt that overconsumption was leading to an energy crisis. The speech came shortly after the nation entered the energy crisis of the late 1970s.

In 1997, Andrew Cunanan murdered five people including fashion designer Gianni Versace during a five-month period. Cunanan was added to the FBIs Most Wanted List. Versace was the last victim before Cunanan killed himself eight days later. The motives for the killings have never been determined.

Birthdays Today

1931Clive Cussler, American author
1935Alex Karras, American football player, wrestler, and actor (d. 2012)
1946Linda Ronstadt, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Stone Poneys and Free Creek)
1950Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author and journalist, founded The Huffington Post
1951Jesse Ventura, American wrestler, actor, and politician, 38th Governor of Minnesota
1961Forest Whitaker, American actor, director, and producer

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.