Singer and actor Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1903. He (born Harry Lillis Crosby) is one of the best selling recording artists of the 20th century with over half a billion recordings. Polls in 1948 claimed he was the most admired man alive. He was a legend in the recording industry, radio, and films and helped to boost morale for American soldiers during World War II. Crosby was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His signature songs included White Christmas (1942), Swinging on a Star (1944), Pennies from Heaven (1936), and Don’t Fence Me In (1944). Crosby won an Oscar for his performance in Going My Way in 1954. He passed away in 1977 at the age of 74.
Pete Seeger was born in New York City in 1919. He was a folk singer and activist. He was a mainstay on radio in the 1940s and a member of The Weavers. Seeger was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era and became a leader as a singer of protest music. He best known songs include Where Have All the Flowers Gone, If I Had a Hammer, and Turn! Turn! Turn! Seeger played a large role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s with his recording of We Shall Overcome. Seeger died in 2014 at age 94.
The Kentucky Derby was broadcast on television for the first time on CBS in 1952. The winning horse that year was Hill Gail and the jockey was the famous Eddie Arcaro (five time winner of The Derby). The Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky and it began in 1875. It is the first race in the Triple Crown and is followed by The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes. The Derby is also called “The Run for the Roses and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” The course is a mile and a quarter long. Today’s Derby will be the 140th consecutive race since 1875 and will feature mint juleps, My Old Kentucky Home, and a purse of at least $2,000,000 with the winner getting $1,240,000. This year’s favorite is California Chrome.
In 1957, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Walter O’Malley agreed to move the team to Los Angeles. With Ebbets Field growing old, O’Malley tried to build a new stadium in Brooklyn, but politicians threw roadblocks in his way. Los Angeles made him an offer he could not refuse and the team headed to Los Angeles in 1958. The Dodgers played their last game in Brooklyn on September 24, 1957 and their first game in Los Angeles on April 18, 1958. They played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until Dodger Stadium was ready for the 1962 season.
The Sears Tower was completed in 1973 and at a height of 1,451 feet became the tallest building in the world. The building has 108 floors and held the rank of tallest building in the world for 25 years. It is now called the Willis Tower after The Willis Group bought the naming rights in 2009. Over a million visitors visit the observation deck each year and United Airlines has its headquarters in the building. The Willis Tower now ranks 11th among the world’s tallest buildings with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the top position at 2,717 feet tall.
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.