July 24

In 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev held their “Kitchen Debate” at the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow. An entire house had been built for the exhibition that demonstrated all the benefits people could have in a capitalist system. Khrushchev began the “debate” when he protested that the United State has demeaned the Soviet Union saying that they exerted control over the captive peoples of Eastern Europe. He added that soon the citizens of the Soviet Union would have all these American advances and more in the near future. Nixon responded saying that the disagreement was over technology and not over military matters. The three major television networks broadcast the “debate” and Nixon gained some popularity in his defense of American lifestyle.

Golfer Don January won his only major tournament by winning a playoff over Don Massengale at the 1967 PGA Championship. The event was held at the Columbine Country Club just south of Denver. At that time, this course was the longest in PGA championship history. Other golfers near the top included Jack Nicklaus, Julius Boros, and Al Geiberger.

The Pine Tar Incident occurred in 1983 at Yankee Stadium in a game between the Kansas City Royals and the NY Yankees. With the Royals behind 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning, George Brett hit a 2-run homerun to give his team the lead. After the homerun, Yankee manager, Billy Martin, insisted that the umpires check Brett’s bat for excessive pine tar. The umpires decided the bat was illegal and ruled Brett out and that ended the game, giving the Yankees the win. The Royals protested the game and the American League President, Lee MacPhail reversed the decision and the game would have to be resumed at a later date. On August 18, the game was resumed with about 1,200 fans in attendance. Brett did not participate in the resumption of the game. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Yankees went down in order, giving the Royals the victory.

Birthdays Today

1920Bella Abzug, American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)
1935Pat Oliphant, Australian cartoonist
1936Ruth Buzzi, American actress
1951Lynda Carter, American actress (Wonder Woman) and singer
1953Claire McCaskill, American lawyer and politician

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.