May 7

Maria Eva Duarte de Peron was born in 1919 in Los Toldos in rural Arbentina. She was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Peron and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1948 until her death in 1952. Eva moved to Buenos Aires to pursue a career in radio, stage, and film. She became powerful within trade unions, ran the Ministries of Labor and Health, founded and ran charities, and championed women’s suffrage. She became a part of international popular culture after the film Evita (1976) was released. Eva died of cancer in 1952 at the age of 33.

Quarterback Johnny Unitas was born in 1933 in Pittsburgh. He played college football for Kentucky and was drafted in the ninth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers and promptly released. In 1956, the Baltimore Colts signed him and he went on to have a Hall of Fame career. Unitas participated in “the greatest game ever played” when the Colts defeated the New York Giants 23-17 in sudden death overtime to win the NFL championship in 1958. He was a ten-time Pro Bowl selection, a four-time league MVP, won the Super Bowl in 1970, and was inducted into the football Hall of Fame in 1979. The Colts have retired his jersey number 19.

Television journalist and lawyer, Tim Russert was born in Buffalo, New York in 1950. For more than 16 years, he was the moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. Russert was the Washington bureau chief for NBC andhosted a weekend interview show for CNN/MSNBC. He often made appearances on The Today Show and Hardball, and was an analyst for several presidential elections. Time magazine included him in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Russert authored Big Russ and Me (2004) and Wisdom of Our Fathers (2005). He died suddenly in 2008 at the age of 58.

The battle of Dien Bien Phu ended in 1954 with the defeat of the French in Indochina. The battle lasted 54 days. It was the first time that an independence movement, using guerrilla warfare had defeated a Western power. The Geneva Accords followed the battle and split Vietnam temporarily into two parts at the 17th parallel. This would eventually lead to Vietnam War that would draw the United States into the conflict.

The Scream is the popular name for the work of art by Edvard Munch, a Norwegian artist. Munch called it The Scream of Nature. In 1994, the painting was stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway. The gallery refused to pay a ransom of one million dollars for the painting and the Norwegian police, the British police, and the Getty Museum set up a sting operation. The paining was recovered, only to be stolen again in 2005.

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.