May 22

Sir Laurence Olivier was born in Dorking, England in 1907. He is considered to be on the greatest actors of the 20th century. His career spanned six decades on stage and screen. His three Shakespeare films, Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955) were among his highlights. He founded the National Theatre Company in 1963 and appeared in over 60 films. Other film highlights include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1973), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976), and Marathon Man (1976). Olivier was knighted as a Knight Bachelor in 1947 and for 11 years he was married to Vivien Leigh. He died in 1989 from renal failure at the age of 82.

Actor and director Richard Benjamin was born in New York City in 1938. His most notable films were Good-bye Columbus (1969), Catch-22 (1970), and Westworld (1973). Benjamin has been married to Paula Prentiss since 1961. Benjamin directed My Favorite Year (1982) and Made in America (1993).

Baseball player Tommy John was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1943. John won 288 major league games with seven different teams from 1963-1989. The surgical technique called “Tommy John surgery” is named for him. In 1974, John damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm. The surgery replaces the ligament in the elbow with a tendon from the forearm. Dr. Frank Jobe performed the surgery, now fairly common among baseball pitchers. John was named the Comeback Player of the Year in 1976.

Harry Truman signed the law that became known as the Truman Doctrine in 1947. The United States pledged to support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent them from falling under the influences of the Soviet Union. Many consider this to be the start of the Cold War. This act also helped to establish the United States in the role of global policeman. Both Greece and Turkey joined NATO.

In 1990, Microsoft released  version Windows 3.0 operating software. This was a system using a graphical environment rather than just text. Notepad, Write, and Paintbrush were programs that came with the system. The 256 color VGA mode was included for the first time. Windows 3.0 was also the first operating system to be pre-installed in third party computer manufacturers. Windows 3.1 would come out in 1992. If you are really into Windows .......

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.