If you are a hockey fan, you should remember Stan Mikita (born Stanislav Guoth) who was born in the Slovak Republic in 1940. He was adopted in Canada by an aunt and uncle who gave his the name Mikita. Mikita played for the Chicago Blackhawks as a center from 1958-1980. He led the league in scoring four times, won the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) twice, and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1967 and 1968. His jersey #21 has been retired and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
Also born in 1940 was Japanese baseball player Sadaharu Oh. He owns the professional baseball homerun record with a total of 868 surpassing Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron. He was primarily a first baseman. He was a five time batting champion and led his league in homeruns 15 times. Oh was the manager of the Japanese national team that won the first World Baseball Classic in 2006. Oh played for the Yomuri Giants from 1959-1980.
Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) was born in 1946 in El Centro, California. Sometimes referred to as “The Goddess of Pop, Cher has worked in the fields of recording, television, and film. She and her husband Sonny became prominent in 1965. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour ran on CBS from 1971 until the couple's divorce in 1974. Some of her hit songs include Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves (1971), Half-Breed (1973), If I Could Turn Back Time (1989), and Believe (1998). She starred in films such as Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), and Moonstruck (1987).
Radio Marti began broadcasting to Cuba in 1985. It is based in Miami and transmits pro-democracy newscasts to Cuba. The Cuban government jams the broadcasts. A lot of debate continues about the effectiveness of the broadcasts since the station has a fifteen million dollar budget and employs about 100 people.
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.