March 27

Nikita Khrushchev became the Premier of the Soviet Union in 1958 during the Cold War. He was responsible for de-Stalinizing the Soviet Union and promoting the Soviet space program. Khrushchev had been the governor of the Ukraine in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He came to power after a lengthy power struggle due to the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Khrushchev sparred with Vice President Richard Nixon during a visit to the United States and was in power during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was also famous for his shoe-pounding incident at the United Nations. Khrushchev died from a heart attack in 1971 and was succeeded by Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin.

Baby Boomer, Quentin Tarantino was born in 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a director, screenwriter, producer and actor. His breakthrough came with the film Reservoir Dogs in 1992. Tarantino has been awarded two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. His films are often criticized for excessive violence, but those films have had great success at the box office. Tarantino’s major films include Pulp Fiction (1995), Kill Bill (2003), Inglorious Basterds (2009), and Django Unchained (2012).

In 1964, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 struck Alaska. Known as The Good Friday Earthquake it took the lives of 139 people. It was the most powerful earthquake ever to strike in North America and was the second strongest earthquake ever recorded (Chile, 1960 was the strongest). Property damage was estimated at 2.28 billion dollars (inflation-adjusted).

The deadliest airline accident in history occurred in 1977. Two Boeing 747 passenger planes collided on a runway in Tenerife North Airport in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. A total of 583 fatalities were recorded. A KLM flight attempted to take off while a Pan Am flight was still on the runway.

In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of Viagra for use in the treatment of male impotence. Sildenafil citrate is the technical term for Viagra and was developed by Pfizer. The drug is also effective in treating a rare condition called pulmonary arterial hypertension and high-altitude pulmonary edema associated with altitude sickness. Viagra is also known as “Vitamin V”, “the Blue Pill”, and “Blue Diamond.”

 

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.