March 1

Commissioner of the NFL, Pete Rozelle was born in 1926. Hi is credited with making the NFL into the most successful sports leagues in the world. Rozelle was the commissioner from 1960 until 1989. In 1960, there were 12 teams in the league and they played 12 games in a season. When he left office, the league had 28 teams. Rozelle died of brain cancer in 1996. The Pete Rozelle Trophy goes to the MVP in the Super Bowl.

Singer and actor Harry Belafonte was born in 1927 in NYC, He was nicknamed “The King of Calypso” for helping to popularize that style of music in the 1950s. He is best known for The Banana Boat Song (Day-O). In 1957 he starred in the film, Island in the Sun. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and has always advocated for humanitarian causes. He is the winner of three Grammys, and Emmy, and a Tony.

Film director, actor and producer, Ron Howard was born in 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma. He first became famous as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and then as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. Grand Theft Auto was his first film as a director, and he want on to direct Cocoon, Apollo 13, The DaVinci Code, and A Beautiful Mind (for which he won an Oscar). Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by an executive order from President Kennedy. It is a volunteer program to provide technical assistance to people outside the United States and to have them better understand American culture. Each participant gets three months of training before being assigned to two years in a foreign country. Volunteers work with those people to improve schools, agriculture, and other social and economic development. Over 210,000 American have participated in this program since 1961.

In 1974, a grand jury in Washington, DC indicted several former aides of President Nixon for their role in the Watergate Scandal. They became known as The Watergate Seven and included H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, and Charles Colson. Their names became very familiar to the American public as the investigation continued. These four actually spent time in prison after being found guilty.

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.