March 11

Keith Rupert Murdoch was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1931. He is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Newscorp, the world’s second largest media conglomerate (Disney is #1). Murdock began his empire when he inherited Australia’s News Limited from his father. Newscorp had been embroiled in a scandal since 2011 over News of the World was allegedly hacking phone of celebrities and politicians. Murdock is currently in divorce proceedings with this third wife Wendi Deng.

Vocalist and conductor, Bobby McFerrin was born in 1950 in New York City. He is best known for his song Don’t Worry, Be Happy. McFerrin is a ten-time Grammy winner and is known for his unique vocal technique known as polyphony. He often makes guests appearances as conductor of major symphony orchestras.

Grammy Awards in 1970 went to: Aquarius (Best Record), Blood, Sweat, and Tears (Best Album), Games People Play (Song of the Year), Crosby, Stills & Nash (Best New Artists), Tammy Wynette (Best Country Vocal Performance) and Johnny Cash (Best Country Vocal Performance).

The Madrid Train Bombings took place in 2004. The explosions killed 191 and wounded over 1,800. This event took place three days before general elections were to be held in Spain. A Spanish committee declared that the attack was directed by am al-Qaeda inspired terrorist cell, although no direct connection was ever made. Ten explosions occurred on four different commuter trains and the explosions took place within a three-minute time period.

The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and the following tsunami took place approximately 43 miles east of Japan. It was the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan (magnitude 9) and the fifth most powerful in recorded history. The earthquake triggered a tsunami causing waves up to 133 feet in height. It is estimated that it caused the deaths of close to 16,000 people. The waves also severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

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.