July 7

The Roswell UFO Incident supposedly took place in 1947 near Roswell, New Mexico. An object crashed into a ranch and one explanation was that it was a spacecraft containing extraterrestrial life. The United States government maintained that it was the crash of a surveillance balloon. UFO fans claimed that it was an alien craft and that the military engaged in a cover-up.

In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower singed the Alaska Statehood Act, allowing Alaska to become the 49th state. Alaska officially joined the Union on January 3, 1959. Alaska is the largest state of the fifty, but is the least densely populated. But it actually ranks 46th in population with about half of the people living in the Anchorage metropolitan area. The Alaskan economy is dominated by oil, natural gas and fishing. Tourism continues to grow as a major part of the economy. Alaska had been purchased from Russia in 1867 and became a territory in 1912.

Novak Djokovic (coached by Boris Becker) defeated Roger Federer yesterday to win the 2014 Wimbledon Championship. Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curran in the 1985 championship by scores of 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, and 6-4. For Becker, it was his first career Grand Slam title and his first Wimbledon title. Becker was only 17 years old and the youngest ever to win Wimbledon. In his career, Becker won the Australian Open twice, Wimbledon three times, and the U.S. Open in 1989.

Birthdays Today

1906Satchel Paige, American baseball player (d. 1982)
1907Robert A. Heinlein, American author (d. 1988)
1927Doc Severinsen, American trumpet player
1933David McCullough, American historian and 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.