June 13

John Donald Budge was an American amateur and professional tennis player who was born in 1915 in Oakland, California. He is only one of two players to complete a true Grand Slam in tennis, which means winning all four major titles in a single year. (Australian, French, British, and American titles). Budge accomplished this in 1938. Rod Laver of Australia did it twice, once in 1962 and again in 1969. In all, Budge won ten majors with six of them coming in a row. He was considered to have one of the best backhands in the game. Budge was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964. In 1999, he was seriously injured in a car accident and died shortly thereafter-in 2000.

Christo (born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) was born in 1935 in Bulgaria. With his wife, Jean-Claude (both born in the same day) they created environmental works of art. They met in Paris in October, 1935. Their most famous works of art include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris. They created the 24-mile-long Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California as well The Gates in New York’s Central Park. The couple always flew to destinations in separate airplanes so that if one died, the other could carry on their work. Jean-Claude died in 2009 from a brain aneurysm. Because of the large scale of their works of art, controversy has always hounded them.

The United States Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in 1966 when it decided, by a vote of 5-4, that a suspect has to be informed of his or her rights before they are interrogated. Miranda v. Arizona established the use of the “Miranda warning” by police departments across the United States. Its purpose is to ensure that accused persons are aware of and reminded of their rights not to incriminate themselves.

President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Sates in 1967. He became the court’s 96th justice and the first African American justice. Earlier, Marshall was a lawyer who argued successfully in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Marshall served on the Supreme Court from 1967-1991 and was considered a liberal. He retired from the Supreme Court in 1991 and died of heart failure in 1993 at the age of 84.

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.