March 29

Senator Eugene McCarthy was born in 1916 and grew up in Minnesota. He served in the House of Representatives from 1949-1959 and then in the Senate from 1959 – 1971. At the 1968 Democratic convention, he challenged Lyndon Johnson. Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey joined the race. McCarthy was strongly opposed to the war in Vietnam and had the support of college students and others who also opposed the war. McCarthy had support from only 23% of the delegates and Hubert Humphrey became the nominee. He died in 2005 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Businessman and entrepreneur, Sam Walton was born in 1918 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He was the founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club. In 1945, he got his start when he purchased a Ben Franklin store in Newport, Arkansas. He then opened a store in Bentonville, Arkansas in 1950 and he was on his way. The first Wal-Mart opened in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. From 1982 – 1988, Forbes magazine ranked him as the richest American. He died in 1992 from a blood cancer and left his estate to his wife and their children. In 1998, Time magazine listed him as on the most influential people of the 20th century.

The 23rd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1961, which gave the residents of Washington, the right to vote in presidential elections. The District of Columbia is granted three electoral votes. Residents of D.C. have always voted for the Democratic candidate.

The last U.S. combat soldiers left Vietnam in 1973. This took place two months after a peace agreement was reached and Hanoi freed the remaining American POWs.

In 1999, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above the 10,000 for the first time due to the Internet boom. In the 1990s, the Dow climbed 315%. For the next few years, the Dow floated within the 7,000 – 9,999 range and eventually peaked above 14,000 before the recession began in 2007.

 

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.