May 2

Singer Lesley Gore (born Lesley Sue Goldstein), was born in New York City in 1946. When just 16 years of age, she recorded It’s My Party (1963) that launched her career. Gore followed it up with Judy’s Turn to Cry (1963), She’s a Fool (1963), and You Don’t Own Me (1964). Gore made numerous television appearances, including four on the Ed Sullivan Show. She wrote several songs for the soundtrack of the movie Fame in 1980.

British inventor and industrial designer, Sir James Dyson was born in Cromer, Norfolk, England in 1947. He is best know as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner and the founder of the Dyson company. In the late 1970s he developed his vacuum system that continued at full power while it picked up dirt. His U.S. patent for the ideas was granted in 1986. Dyson’s net worth is over three billion pounds. He was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996.

In 1955, Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The play is the story of a Mississippi family in crisis and their gathering at a party on the family estate. Williams was born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1911 and is famous for The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), and The Night of the Iguana (1961). Williams died in 1983.

The Cunard cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2 set sail on its maiden voyage in 1969. She was the flagship of the Cunard line until 2004, when the Queen Mary 2 took her place. The Queen Elizabeth 2 was designed for transatlantic crossings from Southampton, UK to New York City. The ship was retired from service in 2008. The ship was designed for up to 1,892 passengers and 1,040 crewmembers.

U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Operation Neptune Spear was carried out as a CIA operation and culminated in the killing of bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Seals took bin Laden’s body, received a positive identification in Afghanistan, and then buried his body at sea. Some controversy arose concerning his death instead of capture as well as the decision not to release any photographic evidence.

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.