July 26

In 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 that desegregated the United States military. A subsequent order 8802 established the equality of treatment and opportunity for people of all races, religions, or national origins. The last of the all-black military units in the Army ended in 1954.

Alice in Wonderland was released in London and New York City in 1951. It was Walt Disney’s 13th animated film and was based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. It featured the voices of Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter and Kathryn Beaumont who would also go on to doe the voice of Wendy Darling in the 1953 production of Peter Pan. The film did not do well at the box office, but fared better on television.

President H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa authored the bill. The law is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. The act has had its critics who claim that it actually decreased the employment rate for the disabled and it raised the cost of doing business.


Birthdays Today

1909Vivian Vance, American actress and singer (d. 1979)
1922Blake Edwards, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)
1922Jason Robards, American actor and singer (d. 2000)
1923Jan Berenstain, American author and illustrator (d. 2012)
1928Stanley Kubrick, American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer (d. 1999)
1943Mick Jagger, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Rolling Stones and SuperHeavy)
1956Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater
1959Kevin Spacey, American actor, singer, and producer
1964Sandra Bullock, American actress 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.