June 24

The Berlin Blockade began today in 1948 and would last until May 12, 1949. The Soviet Union blocked Allied access to Berlin by closing the railway, roads, and canals that fed into the city of West Berlin. The aim of the Soviets was to eventually control the entire city of Berlin. The Western Allies organized the Berlin airlift to provide supplies to West Berlin. During the airlift, the supply planes flew over 200,000 missions and provided 4,700 tons of necessities to the Berliners. After the blockade and airlift ended, East Germany (German Democratic Republic) and West Germany (The Federal Republic of Germany) were created.

1949 saw the first television broadcast of a western series. Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd made the transition from the silver screen to television. The show ranked number seven in the Nielsen ratings for 1949. It was so popular that a radio version began to air. William Boyd appeared on the covers of Look, Life, and Time and his image as Hopalong Cassidy was featured on a lunchbox. In 1950, $70 million worth of Hopalong Cassidy merchandise was sold. Hopalong Cassiday was a character created in 1904 by author Clarence E. Mulford. Sixty-six films were produced before the television series began.

The longest tennis match in history was played in 2012 between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicholas Mahut at the Wimbledon tournament. The match lasted 11 hours and five minutes over a three-day period. The set scores for the winner, John Isner were 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, and 70-68 for a total of 183 games in five sets. The final set took 8 hours and 11 minutes to play. Each player served over 100 aces during the match. After the match, both players and the umpire were presented with a crystal bowl and champagne flutes in recognition of their efforts.

Birthdays Today

1931Billy Casper, American golfer
1933Sam Jones, American basketball player
1945George Pataki, American politician, 53rd Governor of New York
1946Robert Reich, American economist and politician, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor
1947Mick Fleetwood, English-American drummer and actor (Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)

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.