July 28

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson announced that the United States would be increasing its troop commitment to South Vietnam to 125,000 soldiers, up from 75,000. This was yet another period of escalation in the Vietnam War. By the end of the year, the number of American soldiers would reach 200,000. American troop level would reach its peak in 1968 when 536,1000 soldiers fought in Vietnam.

A major earthquake hit northeastern China in 1976. Named the Great Tangshan Earthquake, it is believed to be the largest quake of the 20th century if measured by the death toll.  Various estimates put the death toll at around 250,000 people. The epicenter was near Tangshan, an industrial city of about one million people. The quake hit at 3:43 AM with a magnitude of 7.8 and lasted about 15 seconds.

The 1984 Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles and were the Games of the XXIII Olympiad. Los Angeles had preciously held the 1932 Olympics. In response to the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow games, 14 Eastern Bloc nations boycotted these games citing security concerns. President Reagan officially started the games and Rafer Johnson lit the Olympic torch. Not surprisingly, the United States led the medal count with 174. Germany was second with 59 and Romania finished third with 53 total medals! Athletes of these games included Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses, Sebastian Coe, and Mary Lou Retton. It was the first time that women ran a marathon in the Olympics and the first time that a Chines athlete won a medal at the Olympics.

Birthdays Today

1929Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American journalist, 37th First Lady of the United States (d. 1994)
1943Bill Bradley, American basketball player and politician
1945Jim Davis, American cartoonist, created Garfield
1947Sally Struthers, American actress
1949Vida Blue, American baseball player and sportscaster

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.