May 19

Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little and known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925. He was an African American Muslim minister and civil rights activist. While serving time in prison for larceny, Malcolm X became a member of the Nation of Islam and eventually became one of its leaders. In 1964, he had a falling-out with Elijah Muhammad and embraced Sunni Islam. Three members of the Nation of Islam assassinated him in 1965.

Jim Lehrer, a journalist and former news anchor for PBS was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1934. He began his career in journalism in Dallas where he reported on the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. Lehrer covered the Watergate hearings with Robert MacNeil and in 1976 they worked together on the MacNeil/Lehrer Report for PBS. Lehrer moderated 12 presidential candidate debates. He stepped down from the PBS NewsHour in 2011.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President was sung by Marilyn to President Kennedy in 1962 at Madison Square Garden. It occurred ten days before his 45th birthday. It turned out to be Monroe’s last public appearance (Monroe died on August 5, 1962). The performance also sparked more conversation concerning a possible affair Kennedy may have had with Monroe. First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, did not attend the celebration.

The 20th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out in 1968. Frank Sinatra and Dick Van Dyke hosted the show. Major winners included:

Outstanding Comedy Series – Get Smart
Outstanding Dramatic Series – Mission: Impossible
Outstanding Variety Program – Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
Outstanding Sports Programming – ABC’s Wide World of Sports
Male Comedic Actor – Don Adams in Get Smart
Female Comedic Actor – Lucille Ball in The Lucy Show
Male Dramatic Actor – Bill Cosby in I Spy
Female Dramatic Actor – Barbara Bain in Mission: Impossible

The 99th running of the Preakness Stakes occurred in 1973. Secretariat won the race over Sham and Our Native. This was the second race in the Triple Crown for Secretariat who would go on to win the Belmont. The purse for Secretariat was $129,000 and Ron Turcotte was the jockey.

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.