June 15

In 1980, Jack Nicklaus won the 80th U.S. Open golf tournament held at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. He shot an eight under par 272 to win the tournament. Other top finishers included Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, and Andy North. Isao Aoki of Japan finished in second place, two strokes behind Nicklaus.  Nicklaus won a total of four U.S. Opens – 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1980.

Vice President Dan Quayle was leading a spelling bee for 6th grades students in New Jersey in 1992. Unfortunately, the flash card he was using for the word “potato” was inaccurate (potatoe). A student has correctly spelled potato correctly, but Quayle corrected him with the incorrect version. The ensuing media frenzy hounded Quayle from that day forward.

Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the famous Flying Wallendas, made his famous tightrope walks across the gorge at Niagara Falls in 2012. He had finally received permission from the Niagara Parks Commission after a long struggle with governments in Canada and the United States. On the day of the walk, Canadian spectators were estimated at 120,000 with tens of thousands more on the American side. The wire was two inches in diameter and his path took him over 1800 feet across the gorge. There was no safety net. He became the first person to walk over Niagara Falls on a wire. ABC television broadcast the show to about 13 million viewers.

Birthdays Today:

1932Mario Cuomo, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New York
1937Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Highwaymen) (d. 2002)
1949Dusty Baker, American baseball player and manager
1958Wade Boggs, American baseball player
1964Courteney Cox, American actress, director, and producer

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.