July 29

In 1976, David Berkowitz killed the first of his six victims using a .44 caliber revolver. He became known as the “Son of Sam” and the “.44 Caliber Killer.” His killing spree ended in July of 1977 and he was apprehended in August of that same year. Police conducted a massive manhunt and Berkowitz left letters promising further murders. He confessed to all of the murders and claimed that a neighbor’s dog commanded him to kill. Berkowitz is serving his consecutive six life sentences in prison.

The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer occurred in 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Over 750 million people around the world watched the “fairytale wedding”. Charles and Diana became engaged on February 24, 1981 and Diana accepted a ring consisting of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue sapphire. 3,500 people attended the Church of England wedding and two million people lined the street to watch Diana’s procession to the church. The couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.

In 1987, Ben and Jerry decided on a new flavor of ice cream called Cherry Garcia. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield founded their ice cream company in Burlington, Vermont in 1978. Unilever took over Ben&Jerry's in 2000, and the two founders are not involved in the day-to-day management of the company. They are famous for the names they give their ice cream and yoghurt flavors. Some of the more famous names include Chubby Hubby, Chunky Monkey, Schweddy Balls, and Karamel Sutra.

Birthdays Today

1905Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish economist and diplomat, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1961)
1936Elizabeth Dole, American politician, 20th United States Secretary of Labor
1938Peter Jennings, Canadian-American journalist (d. 2005)
1953Ken Burns, American director 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.