July 8

In 1950, General Douglas MacArthur was named the commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea. North Korea had invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. The United Nations Security Council authorized a UN force to assist South Korea and let the United States choose the lead general. MacArthur remained as the head of the Japanese Occupation and all South Korean forces were placed under his command. MacArthur requested U.S. ground forces and he received them. In 1951, he was relieved of his command by President Truman over tactical differences.

In 1960, as leader of communist Cuba, Fidel Castro ended Cuba’s International League Baseball team, the Havana Sugar Kings. The team was then relocated to New Jersey. As a boy, I used to listen to the Buffalo Bisons on the radio as I fell asleep in bed on many nights. When the Bisons traveled to Havana to play the Sugar Kings, the local radio station used to do a simulated baseball broadcast of the games using information received via Teletype. In the background, you could actually hear the clacking of the Teletype machine behind the fake crowd noises.

John McEnroe defeated Jimmy Connors (6-1, 6-1, 6-2) to win the 98th edition of the Wimbledon tennis championships in 1984. Martina Navratilova had defeated Chris Evert the day before to win the women’s championship. The “bad boy” of tennis eventually won seven Grand Slam titles – three at Wimbledon and four at the U.S. Open. McEnroe continues his role in tennis as a television commentator.

Birthdays Today

1907George W. Romney, American businessman and politician, 43rd Governor of Michigan (d. 1995)
1908Nelson Rockefeller, American politician, 41st Vice President of the United States (d. 1979)
1930Jerry Vale, American singer and actor (d. 2014)
1951Anjelica Huston, American actress
1958Kevin Bacon, American actor and singer (The Bacon Brothers)

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.