March 16

Actor, singer, director, screenwriter, and producer Jerry Lewis was born in 1926.  He was one half of the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Lewis was the host of the Labor Day Telethon of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He has won many awards from The American Comedy Awards and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His original name was Joseph Levitch. For some reason he is very popular in France.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1927. He was a politician and sociologist and as a Democrat was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 from New York. Moynihan was reelected three times and declined to run in 2000. Moynihan had also been the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation and to India. In August of 2000, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Moynihan passed away in 2003 of complications suffered from an appendectomy.

In 1958, the Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth vehicle (a Thunderbird) since it founding. In 1968, General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile (an Oldsmobile Toronado).

The My Lai Massacre occurred in Vietnam in 1968. It was the mass murder of between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam. American soldiers, 26 of whom were prosecuted, committed the atrocity. Only the platoon leader, William Calley, Jr. was convicted. Calley was sentenced to a life sentence, but only spent three and a half years under house arrest. The incident prompted global outrage.

Associated Press newsman, Terry Anderson was taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon in 1985. For the next six years and nine months, he was held captive and moved periodically to new sites. His captivity by Hezbollah was in retaliation for U.S. military assistance to Israel. Anderson was released on December 4, 1991. Den of Lions was his memoir of his experience as a hostage.

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.