March 14

American cartoonist Hank Ketchum was born in Seattle in 1920. He created and drew Dennis the Menace comic strip from 1951 – 1994. His career started with Walter Lantz and Walt Disney and he worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi. In 1951, he became a freelance cartoonist and began Dennis the Menace, based on his own son, Dennis. Ketchum died in 2001.

It just seems like Michael Caine has been in every movie the last twenty years. He was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in 1933. He has appeared in over 115 films. His first major film was Zulu (1964). Caine won an Academy Award for his role in Alfie (1966). He earned another Oscar nomination for Sleuth (1972). In 1986, he won another Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s (Jack Nicholson is the other.). Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 2000 for his contributions to the Empire.

Comedic actor Billy Crystal was born in NYC in 1948. He became famous for his role on the ABC sitcom Soap in the 1970s and gained box office success with When Harry Met Sally …. (1989) and City Slickers (1991). Crystal has hosted the Academy Awards shows nine times. He received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2007.

In 1964, Jack Ruby was found guilty for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy. He was sentenced to death. Ruby appealed his conviction and while a new trial was being set, he died of lung cancer. Conspiracy theorists claim he killed Oswald because of his connection with members of the crime community. Ruby was arrested immediately after shooting (It happened in the basement of the Dallas Police station.).

Oksana Baiul won the World’s Ladies Figure Skating Championship in 1993. She was born in the Ukraine in 1977 and is the only skater from the Ukraine to win gold at the Winter Olympics. After winning at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Baiul moved to the United States, eventually settling in Pennsylvania. A bout with alcoholism put her back into the news in 1997 after she was arrested for DUI.

 

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.