May 17

Actress Maureen O’Sullivan was born in Boyle, Ireland in 1911. She was best known for playing Jane in six of the Tarzan films (1932-1942) starring Johnny Weissmuller. O’Sullivan also starred with William Powell and Myrna Loy in The Thin Man (1934) and played Kitty in Anna Karenina (1935). Her last film was Stranded in 1987. O’Sullivan died in 1998 at the age of 87.

Dennis Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas in 1936. He was an actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist who became a student of the Actors Studio. He appeared in two films with James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Hopper directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969) for which he received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. Other major films include Apocalypse Now (1979), Blue Velvet (1986), and Hoosiers (1986). Hopper died in 2010 at the age of 74 due to complications from prostate cancer.

1954 marked the United States Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The Court declared that state laws that established separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. This decision overturned Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) which allowed state-sponsored segregation. The Warren Court’s decision was a unanimous decision, 9-0. The ruling paved the way for the beginning of the integration of the nation’s schools.

The 28th Emmy Awards Show took place in 1976 and was hosted by John Denver and Mary Tyler Moore. Top winners included:

Comedy Series – The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Drama Series – Police Story
Comedy/Variety or Music Series – NBC’s Saturday Night
Special – Eleanor and Franklin
Comedy Actor – Jack Albertson in Chico and the Man
Comedy Actress – Mary Tyler Moore in The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Drama Actor – Peter Falk in Columbo
Drama Actress – Michael Learned in The Waltons

The 2003 Preakness Stakes saw Funny Cide win the race by more than 9 lengths, It was the 128th running of the Preakness. The attendance was 109,931. Jockey Joe Santos for a winning purse of $650,000 rode funny Cide. Midway Road finished second and Scrimshaw finished third. Funny Cide had won the Kentucky Derby that year and was a possible Triple Crown winner.

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.