July 2

The first Walmart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962. Sam Walton purchased a Ben Franklin store and sales increased 45% in his first year. Within five years, the company expanded to 24 stores. The company incorporated in 1969 and in 1970 its stock was listed on the NYSE. In 1988, the first Supercenter opened in Washington, Missouri. Walmart expanded into South America in 1995. Today, Walmart has over 11,000 locations, employs 2.2 million people, and is worth over 81 billion dollars.

President Lyndon signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in 1964. The act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. President Kennedy had asked for a bill of this type in June of 1963 and Johnson took up the cause after Kennedy’s assassination in November of 1963. Southern Democrats and Republicans voted against the act, but were outnumbered by Northern members of Congress. The bill furthered a change in party demographics as the Solid South now became the realm of Republicans.

In 2002, Steve Fossett became the first person to circumnavigate the world in a balloon. Fossett was a member of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and had made a fortune in the financial services industry. His balloon, the Spirit of Freedom was launched from Western Australia on June 19, 2002. He traveled over 20,000 miles in about 13 and a half days. In 2007, Fossett took off in a small plane in Nevada on September 3, 2007 and disappeared. His remains were finally discovered on October 29, 2009, ten miles east of Yosemite National Park.

Birthdays Today

1922 Pierre Cardin, Italian-French fashion designer
1929Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician, 10th First Lady of the Philippines
1937Richard Petty, American race car driver
1964Jose Canseco, Cuban-American baseball 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.