July 16

Little, Brown and Company published The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger in 1951. It was originally written for adults, but became a staple for teen readers and often taught in high school English classes. About 250,000 copies are sold each year and total sales have surpasses 65 million. The novel was included on Time’s list of the 100 best English language novels written since 1923. The protagonist, Holden Caulfield has become a teen symbol for rebellion.

Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Canaveral in 1969 and was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the moon. The spacecraft was launched by a Saturn V rocket It consisted of a Command Module with a cabin for three astronauts, a Service Module that gave the Command Module propulsion, electrical power, oxygen, and water and the Lunar Module for landing on the moon. Stay tuned, as there is more to come on July 20.

In 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was killed when his Piper Saratoga II HP crashed into the Atlantic. Also killed were his wife, Carolyn and her sister, Lauren Bessette. The search for the missing plane ended on July 21, when divers recovered the three bodies. On July 22, the ashes of the deceased were scattered off the coast of Martha’s Vineyeard.

Birthdays Today

1907Orville Redenbacher, American farmer and businessman, founded Orville Redenbacher's (d. 1995)
1907Barbara Stanwyck, American actress and singer (d. 1990)
1942Margaret Court, Australian tennis player and minister
1963Phoebe Cates, American actress

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.