July 9

In 1956, Dick Clark made his first appearance on American Bandstand. The show was on television in various forms from 1952 – 1989 and Clark was host and producer until its last show. The show began as a local production in Philadelphia on Channel 6. Clark would often interview the teen dancers about the songs being featured and this gave birth to a popular phrase, “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” The featured singers would usually lip-synch to one of their songs. The show moved to Los Angeles in 1964. The show went into syndication in the 1980s as its popularity declined.

Andy Warhol’s Soup Can exhibition opened in 1962 at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. This work of art consisted 32 canvases, with each one having a variety of Campbell’s soup to distinguish it from the other cans. This work helped to usher in a growing pop art movement in the United States. The canvases were created by a printmaking method using a screen-printing process. The pop art movement led to a debate about the ethics and merits of this type of art and took Warhol from being a commercial illustrator into the world of fine art.

The video arcade game, Donkey Kong made its debut in 1981. Crated by Nintendo, the game is an early example of the platform game genre where a character moves along platforms dodging obstacles as he moves towards a goal. In this game Jumpman must rescue a damsel in distress from a giant ape named Donkey Kong. It became one of the most popular arcade games in history.

Birthdays Today

1928Vince Edwards, American actor, singer, and director (d. 1996)
1945Dean Koontz, American author
1947O. J. Simpson, American football player and actor
1955Jimmy Smits, American actor
1955Lindsey Graham, American colonel, lawyer, and politician
1956Tom Hanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

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.