June 16

The Soweto Uprising began in 1976 in South Africa. Students from many schools in Soweto began to protest in response to the use of Afrikaans as the language in schools. An estimated 20,000 students participated in the demonstrations and the number of deaths was somewhere between 176 and 700. When the police arrived, they turned dogs loose upon the crowds and eventually shots were fired. The next day, 1,700 heavily armed police arrived and the violence escalated. The United Nations Security Council condemned the incident.

In 1977, Oracle Corporation was founded in Santa Clara, California. Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates were the originators of a company that specializes in developing and marketing computer hardware and software products. Oracle trails only Microsoft in selling software. Ellison is the highest paid chief executive in the world. Oracle is also noted for its sophisticated database. In 2010, Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems that was valued at over $7 billion.

The 91st U.S. Open golf tournament was held at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota in 1991. Payne Stewart defeated Scott Simpson in an 18-hole playoff. Both had finished 72 holes with scores of 282. In the playoff, Stewart won by two strokes. Other major finishers included Fuzzy Zoeller, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus. Payne Stewart died in 1999 when he was flying from Orlando to Texas in a Learjet that lost its cabin pressure. Stewart had also been loved for his distinctive clothing style during play.

Birthdays Today

1917Katharine Graham, American publisher (d. 2001)
1937Erich Segal, American author and screenwriter (d. 2010)
1938Joyce Carol Oates, American author
1951Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer

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.