June 30

The first Chevrolet Corvette came off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan in 1953. It was a convertible and designed by Harley Earl at General Motors. The Corvette is now manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The body was made of fiberglass and the engine was 150 horsepower. Three hundred white convertibles were made for the 1953 production year. There have been seven generations of the Corvette, the last one beginning in 2014. Over the course of those generations, a total of 1,557,738 Corvettes have been produced.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in 1966. It is a feminist organization and has a membership of over a half million. The founders included Betty Friedan, Reverend Pauli Murray, and Shirley Chisholm. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, The Feminine Mystique, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 influenced the founders. The founder’s published a statement of purpose, "To take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men." Terry O’Neill has been the president of NOW since 2009.

The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Ohio in 1971. It put into effect the lowering of the voting age from 21 years to 18 years. Student activism and the Vietnam War were driving forces behind the amendment. It was the fastest ratification of any of the 27 amendments. The amendment did not help me as I turned 18 in 1968 and could not vote in the 1968 presidential election. I had to wait until the 1972 election when I voted for George McGovern.

Birthdays Today

1917Susan Hayward, American actress and singer (d. 1975)
1917Lena Horne, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2010)
1934Harry Blackstone, Jr., American magician (d. 1997)
1942Robert Ballard, American lieutenant and oceanographer
1944Ron Swoboda, American baseball player and sportscaster

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.