June 28

The Stonewall Riots began in 1969 in the Greenwich area of New York City. The riots are considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement in the United States. The Stonewall Inn had been a gathering place for the gay community. Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s, but in this instance the Stonewall management thought the tip about a raid was inaccurate. About 205 people were in the bar of the inn that night and police barricaded the doors. It was decided to take all the patrons who were arrested to a police station, but those that were not arrested waited outside where tensions rose, a scuffle ensued and the riot began. The Tactical Police Force arrived to free police who were locked inside the Stonewall. When peace was restored, thirteen were arrested and several were hospitalized. Within two years of the riots there were gay rights groups in every major U.S. city.

In 1975, while playing in the Western Open, golfer Lee Trevino was struck by lightning. Later, Trevino joked, “I should have help up a one-iron. Not even God can hit a one-iron.” The strike happened at the Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois. Trevino was knocked out and would eventually have back surgeries due to the strike.

Biting has happened at the World Cup in Brazil, and perhaps more famously, it happened in 1995 when Mike Tyson bit off a portion of the ear of Evander Holyfield. Tyson was disqualified from the match and temporarily lost his boxing license. The fight took place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. This was the second Tyson-Holyfield fight and Holyfield was considered to be the underdog. The bite occurred in the third round during a clinch and Tyson spat the piece of detached ear onto the canvas. Tyson claimed the damage was done by a punch. The fight resumed until a second bite occurred in the same round. After the round, the referee stopped the fight and disqualified Tyson. A twenty-five minute brawl ensued before peace was restored.

Birthdays Today

1926Mel Brooks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1932Pat Morita, American actor (d. 2005)
1938Leon Panetta, American politician, 23rd United States Secretary of Defense
1943Donald Johanson, American paleontologist
1946Gilda Radner, American actress and singer (d. 1989)
1960John Elway, American football player




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.