May 1

Actor Glenn Ford (born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford) was born in Quebec City, Canada in 1916. He became a U.S. citizen in 1939. His acting career got off the ground after military service during World War II. His breakthrough role came in 1946 when he starred opposite Rita Hayworth in Gilda. Ford starred with Hayworth in five films. Other notable films include A Stolen Life (1946), The Blackboard Jungle (1955), and Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (1962).  Ford’s first wife was Eleanor Parker. Ford died after a series of strokes in 2006.

Judy Collins was born in Seattle in 1939 and has recorded songs in a variety of genres including folk and rock and roll. She was inspired by the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and recorded her first album in 1961. Her most popular songs include Both Sides Now (1968), Chelsea Morning (1969), and Send in the Clowns (1975). Collins suffered from polio as a child and tuberculosis and bulimia as an adult.

The 1982 World’s Fair opened in Knoxville, Tennessee, formally known as The Knoxville International Energy Exposition.  11 million visitors were there through October 31, 1982. The most distinctive building was The Sunsphere, a a 266 foot steel tower topped by a five story golden globe. It still stands as a symbol of Knoxville. “Energy Turns the World” was the theme of the fair. Debuting at the fair were touch screen displays and Cherry Coke from Coca-Cola.

In 1999, the body of climber George Mallory was found on the slopes of Mt. Everest. Mallory and his partner disappeared during a climbs of Mt. Everest in 1924. His fate was unknown for 75 years until his body was found, but the mystery remains if he made it to the summit. When found, Mallory’s body was sun-bleached, frozen, and mummified.

“Mission Accomplished” was declared by President George Bush on board the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003. Controversy then ensued. Bush had declared that it was the end of major combat operations in Iraq. The overall mission had a long way to go. The United States would remain involved in Iraq until December of 2011.

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.