June 4

William Dennis Weaver was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1924. An actor, best known for his work in television, starred in Gunsmoke, which ran on television from 1955-1975. He later played Marshal Sam McCloud in the police drama, McCloud. Weaver made his film debut in The Redhead From Wyoming in 1952. Weaver received an Emmy in 1959 for his role as Chester in Gunsmoke. He also received two Emmy nominations for McCloud. From 1973 to 1975 Weaver was the president of the Screen Actors Guild. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to television. Weaver was a vegetarian starting in 1958 and was a student of yoga and meditation. He died on the same day as actor Don Knotts in 2006 at age 81.

Actor Bruce Dern was born in Chicago in 1936. Most often, he played supporting roles in his film career. He appeared in more than 80 films ad receive Oscar nominations for Coming Home (1978) and Nebraska (2013). Dern’s first film appearance came in 1959 in North by Northwest. Other notable films in which he appeared include, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), Family Plot (1976), and Black Sunday (1977). Weaver was formerly married to actress Diane Ladd and is the father of actress Laura Dern.

The 19th Emmy Awards were presented in 1967 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and was hosted by Joey Bishop and Hugh Downs. Mission Impossible won three awards and Don Knotts won his 5th Emmy Award. Winners include:

Outstanding Comedy Series – The Monkees
Outstanding Dramatic Series – Mission Impossible
Outstanding Variety Series – The Andy Williams Show
Outstanding Variety Special – The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special
Outstanding Comedy Roles – Don Adams (Get Smart) and Lucille Ball (The Lucy Show)
Outstanding Dramatic Roles – Bill Cosby (I Spy) and Barbara Bain (Mission Impossible)

In 1973, Australian Margaret Court defeated Chris Evert in the French Open final in tennis. This was her fifth French Open Title. Over her career, Court won a total of 62 Gram Slam events that included singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. This is a record for any male or female tennis player in history. Her singles championships include 11 Australian Open titles, five French Opens, two Wimbledon titles, and five U.S. Open titles. Her victories in Grand Slam events were achieved from 1960-1975. In 1970, Court won a calendar Grand Slam (the four major tournaments in a single year). Court was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979. She once lost an exhibition match to 55 year-old Bobby Riggs in 1973, but four months later, Riggs lost to Billie Jean King. Today Court resides in Perth, Australia.

The infamous “Ten Cent Beer Night” took place in Cleveland in 1974. It was a promotion by the Cleveland Indians to lure more fans to the game by offering 12 ounces of beer for 10 cents (normally 65 cents). There was a limit of six per customer. A brawl occurred in the 9th inning after many single incidents had occurred earlier in the game. The Indian players came to the aid of the visiting Texas Rangers and the umpire called the game a forfeit for Texas. The Cleveland police were needed to finally quall the riot. 

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.