July 21

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon after yesterday’s landing of the Eagle during the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969. After Armstrong became the first man on the moon, Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. The two men spent about 2 and a half hours exploring while Michael Collins remained in the lunar landing module. They unveiled a plaque commemorating their flight and planted a U.S. flag. President Nixon made a phone call from his office to the astronauts. There were only five photographs of Armstrong on the moon as he had many photographic tasks of his own to carry out.

The Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed in 1970. The dam was needed to control Nile floods, provide water for irrigation, and produce hydroelectric power. Construction has begun in 1960 with the help of Soviet engineers and funding. Twenty-five thousand Egyptian engineers and workers contributed to the project. Over 100,000 people had to relocated because of the flooding behind the dam and archeological sites were threatened by the creation of Lake Nasser. Twenty-two monuments and archeological sites were preserved by moving them to higher ground. The Great Temple of Abu Simbel was one of those sites that were relocated.

In 1979, Seve Ballesteros of Spain won the British Open Golf Championship. The tournament was held at the Royal Latham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Ballesteros was 22 years old at the time and would eventually win five major titles including The Masters and the U.S. Open. He won the British Open three times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. Ballesteros died of brain cancer in 2011 at the age of 54. Other top finishers included Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Tony Jacklin, and Tom Watson.

Birthdays Today

1911Marshall McLuhan, Canadian author and theorist (d. 1980)
1920Isaac Stern, Polish violinist and conductor (d. 2001)
1924Don Knotts, American actor (d. 2006)
1938Janet Reno, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General
1948Cat Stevens, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948Garry Trudeau, American cartoonist
1951Robin Williams, American comedian, actor, and singer
1956Michael Connelly, American author

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.