Boxer Joe Louis was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1914. He was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1937 – 1949 and considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. His nickname was the “Brown Bomber” and he helped to improve the image of boxing. He fought in 26 championship fights and he won 25 of them. Louis eventually lost the title to Ezzard Charles in 1950. Louis was probably the first African American hero and was the focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment in the United States because of his bouts with Max Schmeling. The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit is named in his honor. Louis died of cardiac arrest in 1981 at the age of 66.
Beatrice “Bea” Arthur was born in 1922 in New York City. She was an actress, comedian, and singer whose career lasted seven decades. She became famous as Maude Findlay in All in the Family and then in Maude. She was a main character in The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985-1992. Arthur won a Tony Award fin 1966 for her performance in Mame. She had nine nominations for Emmy Awards. Arthur died in 2009 from cancer at age 86.
Actor and producer, Harvey Keitel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1939. His most notable roles in films include Taxi Driver (1976), Pulp Fiction (1994), and The Piano (1993). He is currently the co-president of the Actors Studio. He has worked often with Martin Scorcese, including his first film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967). Keitel had a long relationship with Lorraine Bracco and married Daphna Kastner in 2001.
Just making it into the Baby Boomer generation is Stephen Colbert who was born in Washington, D.C. in 1964. His many descriptions include political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor. He is the host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He will take the place of David Letterman as the host of the Late Show in 2015. Colbert worked and wrote for Second City. He appeared regularly on The Daily Show until he began The Colbert Report in 2005. Among his many awards are two Emmy Awards in 2013.
An assassination attempt was made on the life of Pope John Paul II in 1981. It took place in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The Pope was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca as he entered the square. He was hit four times and suffered severe blood loss. The perpetrator was caught immediately and sentenced to life imprisonment after his trial. Agca was later pardoned at the Pope’s request and was finally released in 2010 after serving 29 years in prison.
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.