March 15

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, was born in Brooklyn in 1933. She was appointed by Bill Clinton and was sworn in on August 10, 1993. Ginsburg is the second female justice after Sandra Day O’Connor. She is considered a liberal and spent much of her career as an advocate for women’s rights.

My Fair Lady opened on Broadway in 1956. It is a musical based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Jay Lerner created the lyrics and Frederick Loewe composed the music. The basic story is about Eliza Doolittle who takes speech lesson from Professor Henry Higgins so she may pass for a lady in society. Rex Harrison was part of the original Broadway production. In 1957, My Fair Lady won several Tony Awards including one for Best Musical and Rex Harrison won for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

The first Internet domain name was registered in 1985 and it belonged to symbolics.com. As the Internet has expanded many more domain names have come into being. Some of the new ones are .club, .web, .shoes, and .ski.

Mikhail Gorbachev became the President of the Soviet Union in 1990. He was the seventh and last undisputed leader of the Soviet Union as the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.  Gorbachev had been the General Secretary of the Communist Party since 1985.  His policies of openness and restructuring and his relationship with Ronald Regan helped bring an end to the Cold War. In 1990, Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 as many are seeking to oust Bashar al-Assad and his Ba’ath Party. Popular protests eventual grew into armed conflict by April of 2011. The uprising has been considered part of the Arab Spring that had begun in other parts of North Africa and the Middle East. The death toll has been estimated to be over 130,000 and millions have fled their homes. Peace talks have stalled again.

 

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.