Tennis player Björn Borg was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1956. From 1974 to 1981 he won 11 Grand Slam singles titles. Borg won five consecutive Wimbledon titles along with six French Open titles. He was the first player to win more than a million dollars in a single season in 1979. Borg defeated John McEnroe in 1980 in one of the greatest matches in tennis history. They played a 34-point tiebreaker before Borg prevailed in five sets. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.
Roy Orbison released Only the Lonely in 1960. He was known for his trademark sunglasses and powerful voice. At the height of his popularity, Orbison had 22 of his songs in the Top 40 between 1960 and 1964. His hit songs included Crying 1961), Oh, Pretty Woman (1964), and In Dreams (1963.) Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 1988 of a heart attack at age 52.
The last Ed Sullivan Show was aired in 1971. It was a Sunday evening variety show on CBS that began in 1948. TV Guide rates it as #15 of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Just about every type of entertainment act was on display from opera singers to circus acts. The Italian mouse Topo Gigio and ventriloquist Señor Wences were recurring characters on the show. Most of the episodes aired live from New York City. Famous performances included Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones.
California voters approved Proposition 13 in 1978. The official name is People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation and was an amendment to the state constitution. It was declared constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1992. It immediately lowered property taxes by assessing them at their 1975 value and kept future tax increases to a maximum of 2%. It was the beginning of a general taxpayer revolt around the nation. The proposition has had both its admirers and its critics.
Steffi Graf defeated Martina Navratilova in the 57th French Open tennis tournament in 1987. Set scores were 6-4, 4-6, and 8-6. The victory was Graf’s first Grand Slam title. Navratilova won the women’s doubles title with Pam Shriver over Graf and Argentinian Gabriela Sabatini.
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.