June 18

Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride had joined NASA in 1978 and flew two missions aboard the space shuttle. When she left NASA in 1987, she worked at Stanford University and then at the University of California at San Diego. Two female Soviet cosmonauts had preceded her into space and her first flight was aboard the Challenger. Her second flight in 1984 was also aboard the Challenger. Ride spent a total of 343 hours in space and she was named to the commission that studied the Challenger disaster in 1986. Sally Ride died in 2012 at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer.

German golfer, Martin Kaymer won the 2014 U.S. Open Golf Championship this year. Arnold Palmer won the tournament in 1960. The tournament was held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colorado. Paler staged on of the greatest comebacks in U.S. Open history by overcoming a seven stroke deficit on the last day to finish in first place with a score of 280 (four under par). Other top finishers included Jack Nicklaus (2nd), Julius Boros (3rd), and Ben Hogan (tied for 9th). The win was Palmer’s only U.S. Open championship.

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was held in the United States. On this day, the United States tied its opening match with Switzerland by a score of 1-1. The match was played in the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and was the first World Cup game to be played indoors. The United States was in a group with Romania, Switzerland, and Colombia and finished in third place in that group. Brazil won the cup for the 4th time after beating Italy in a shootout.

Birthdays Today

1914E. G. Marshall, American actor (d. 1998)
1915Red Adair, American firefighter (d. 2004)
1917Richard Boone, American actor, singer, and director (d. 1981), Have Gun, Will Travel
1924George Mikan, American basketball player and coach (d. 2005)
1939Lou Brock, American baseball player
1942Roger Ebert, American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (d. 2013)


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.