June 19

In 1952, the television show, I’ve Got a Secret premiered on CBS television. Mark Goodman and Bill Todman produced the show. The panel tried to determine a special “secret” that a contestant had using a series of questions. The original version of the show ran until 1967. It was shown in black and white until 1966. Hosts included Garry Moore, Steve Allen, and Bill Cullen. Regular panelists during the early days included Faye Emerson, Jayne Meadows, Betsy Palmer, and Bess Myerson.

The execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg took place in 1953. The pair had been convicted of turning over information regarding the atomic bomb to the Russians and were sentenced to death. The Rosenbergs were transferred to Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York because the Federal Bureau of Prisons did not operate an electric chair. The execution took place at sunset and Ethel Rosenberg died after three separate shocks were administered to her.

In 1978, the comic Garfield was launched. It is the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world, and appears in over 2,500 publications Garfield was created by Jim Davis and chronicles the life of the cat Garfield who was named by Davis’s grandfather. The comic strip is set in Muncie, Indiana and features the interactions of Garfield, Jon, and Odie. Garfield has created merchandise that sells almost a billion dollars annually. Garfield: The Movie was released in 2004 and there were 12 Garfield specials on television from 1982-1991.

Birthdays Today

1914Lester Flatt, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1979)
1919Pauline Kael, American author and critic (d. 2001)
1945Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, Nobel Prize laureate
1947Salman Rushdie, Indian author
1954Kathleen Turner, American actress

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.