June 1

Actor, singer, and television producer, Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina in 1926. He first gained prominence in the 1957 film, A Face in the Crowd. Griffith is most famous for playing Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) that took place in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina. In 1986, he took on the role of Matlock, which became enormously popular and ran until 1992. Griffith was married three times. He suffered partial paralysis from Guillan-Barre syndrome in 1983. Griffith died in 2012 at age 86 from a heart attack.

Today is the birthday of Marilyn Monroe. (born as Norma Jeane Mortenson) in Los Angeles in 1926. She was an actress, model, and singer who became a major sex symbol of the 50s and 60s. Her modeling career led to a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox in 1946. Some of her more successful and popular films include Niagara (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Bus Stop (1956), and Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe had been married three times and her spouses included Joe DiMaggio, and Arthur Miller. The final years of her life were marred with illness, personal problems, and unreliability. The American Film Institute ranked her at the 6th greatest female star of all time. Monroe died in 1962 from an overdose of barbiturates.

It just seems as if Morgan Freeman is in every film on television. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1937 and is a well-known actor, film director and narrator. Freeman received Oscar nominations for his roles in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, and Invictus. He won for Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby in 2005. His distinctive voice earned him roles as a narrator for War of the Worlds and March of the Penguins. Freeman owns three small airplanes and is certified to fly. He was severely injured in a car accident in 2008 and has been a supporter of Barack Obama.

In 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. It was their eighth album and spent 15 weeks at the top of the charts in the United States. The album won four Grammys in 1968, including Album of the Year. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as the number one album of all time. Over five million copies have been sold. Songs on the album include Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, With a Little Help from My Friends, and When I’m Sixty-Four.

The Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting in 1980. It is a cable and satellite channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time-Warner. Founded by Ted Turner, it was first to provide 24-hour news coverage and was the first all-news channel in the United States. CNN broadcasts primarily from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, the Time Warner Center in New York, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The channel is available in over 100 million households in the U.S. Globally, it is seen in over 212 nations.

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.