May 27

Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania in 1907. She was a marine biologist and conservationist whose book, Silent Spring gave impetus to the environmental movement. Carson won a National Book Award for The Sea Around Us (1951). Silent Spring was published in 1962 after Carson turned her attention to the problem of pesticides. The book helped to ban DDT and other pesticides. Carson posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter. Carson died in 1964 from cancer and a heart attack at the age of 56.

Hubert Horatio Humphrey was born in Wallace, South Dakota in 1911. He was the holder of many political offices including Vice President of the United States under Lyndon Johnson, U.S. Senator from Minnesota, and Mayor of Minneapolis. Humphrey was the presidential candidate for the Democrats in 1968, who lost a close election to Richard Nixon. While in the senate, Humphrey was the lead author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Humphrey died in 1978 from cancer at the age of 66.

Actor Vincent Price was born in 1911 in St. Louis. His distinctive voice helped his career in horror films and his voice was used in Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Some of his memorable films include House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), and The House on the Haunted Hill (1959). In 1978, Price recorded The Monster Mash, a much-played song during Halloween. Price had studied art history at Yale and was a noted collector. He died of lung cancer in 1993 at the age of 82.

In 1968, Major League Baseball awarded the first franchise outside the United States to Montreal, Canada. They lasted in Montreal as the Expos from 1969-2004 before moving to Washington, D.C. and renaming themselves the Nationals. The name Expos came from the world’s fair that was held in Montreal in 1967 (Expo 67). They began playing in Jarry Park and then moved into the domed Olympic Stadium. The team did not fare well over the years and attendance was low. They played their last game as the Expos on October 3, 2004 at Shea Stadium against the Mets.

In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve was thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpepper, Virginia. He became a quadriplegic and required a wheelchair and breathing apparatus for the rest of his life. Reeve had gained stardom for his portrayal of Superman (1978) and its sequels. After his accident, he supported stem cell research and founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Reeve did in 2004 at the age of 52 from a cardiac arrest after receiving an antibiotic for an infected ulcer.

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.