March 5

Actor Dean Stockwell was born in 1936 in North Hollywood, California. His career spanned 65 years in film and television. Stockwell’s first major role came in Anchors Aweigh in 1945. Other notable films included Compulsion (1957), The Secret Garden (1949), and Paris, Texas (1984). His television work includes Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica.

Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946 at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an "Iron Curtain" has descended across the continent." It was not the first time the term “Iron Curtain” was used, but certainly it was the most memorable. In 1992, Mikhail Gorbachev delivered a speech at Westminster College in which he declared an end to the Cold War.

Singer Andy Gibb was born in 1958 in Manchester, England. He was a teen idol and younger brother to Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb of BeeGees fame. Gibb’s most successful and popular songs were I Just Want to be Your Everything and Shadow Dancing. He battled drug addiction and depression and died just a few days after his 30th birthday in 1988.

In 1960, Cuban photographer, Alberto Kordatook his famous photograph of Ché Geuvara. The photograph is called “Geurrillero Heroico (Heroic Guerrilla Fighter.)” It was taken in Havana, Cuba at a memorial service for victims of a freighter explosion the day before. Guevara was 31 years old at that time. The photo is one of the most reproduced photos in history.

The price of an ounce of gold hit $47 an ounce in 1969. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $300 today. However, the price today is $1,337 per ounce. In 1971, the United States stopped indexing gold to the U.S. dollar, and the price floats with supply and demand.

 

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.