June 27

In 1976, Air France Flight 139 from Tel Aviv to Athens to Paris was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Revolutionary Cells and flown to Entebbe, Uganda. Two hundred and forty-eight passengers were on board, including more than 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers. All of the non-Israeli hostages were released, and the rest, including Captain Bacos were threatened with death. A week later, Israeli commandos made a daring 90-minute rescue of the hostages with the loss of only one Israeli commando and three hostages. The film, Raid on Entebbe (1977) was a fictionalized version of the story.

The first ATM (automated teller machine) was put into service in a Barclay’s Bank in Enfield Town in North London in 1967. The first patent on such a machine was issued in 1960. An experimental ATM had been established in New York City, but was removed due to lack of acceptance by bank customers. It is estimated that there are over 2.2 million ATMs worldwide. The most southern location of an ATM is found at McMurdo Station in the New Zealand sector of Antarctica.

Historic U.S. Route 66 was removed from the registry of the U.S. Highway System in 1985. Since its beginning in 1926, Route 66 and become one of the most famous roads in America originally running from Chicago to Santa Monica, California for 2,448 miles. It served as a major route for people heading west and supported the communities that were located along its way. The Interstate Highway System sounded the death knell for the road and those communities. Parts of the road today have been designated as a National Scenic Byway in Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona.

 

1913Willie Mosconi, American pool player (d. 1993)
1927Bob Keeshan, American actor and producer (d. 2004)
1930Ross Perot, American businessman and politician
1949Vera Wang, American figure skater and fashion designer

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.