March 22

In 1972, Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification. The amendment was designed to guarantee equal rights for women. 38 states were needed for ratification, but only 35 states approved it by the March 22, 1979 deadline. Five states actually rescinded their approvals before the deadline! By Congressional action, the deadline was extended to June 30, 1982, but no additional states ratified it. You might remember Phyllis Schlafly who campaigned against the amendment.

Karl Wallenda, founder of the Flying Wallendas, plunged to his death after falling off a tightrope in San Juan Puerto Rico. Kurt was born in German in 1905 and the Great Wallendas were famous throughout Europe. At age 73, Kurt Wallenda attempted a walk between two towers of a hotel hen he fell 127 feet above the pavement. Nic Wallenda is the great-grandson of Kurt.

In 1989, goalie Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres, sustained a near fatal injury when an opponent’s skate accidentally severed his internal carotid artery. The amount of spurting blood from Malarchuk’s neck sickened many of the fans and players in attendance. I happened to be watching this game along with my three-year old son. It’s an image that he has never forgotten. Malarchuk eventually recovered.There is a video of this on YouTube, but only watch it if you think you can handle it.

Birthdays today include:

1912 – Karl Malden, American actor (d. 2009)
1920 – Werner Klemperer, German-American actor and singer (d. 2000)
1930 – Pat Robertson, American minister and broadcaster
1930 – Stephen Sondheim, American composer and songwriter
1931 – William Shatner, Canadian-American actor, singer, director, and producer
1934 – Orrin Hatch, American politician
1948 – Wolf Blitzer, German-American journalist
1948 – Andrew Lloyd Webber, English director and composer
1952 – Bob Costas, American sportscaster

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.