May 8

Actor Lex Barker was born in 1919 in Rye, New York. He is best known for playing Tarzan of the Apes. Although Johnny Weissmuller is most famous for this role, I thought Barker made a pretty good Tarzan. His Tarzan roles included the films Tarzan’s Magic Fountain (1949), Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950), Tarzan’s Peril (1951), Tarzan’s Savage Fury (1952), and Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953). Barker became the 10th man to play Tarzan in film. After 1957, he moved his career to Europe where he appeared in over 40 films. Barker was married five times. He was married to actresses Arlene Dahl and Lana Turner. Barker died in 1973 from a heart attack at age 54.

Ricky Nelson (born Eric Hilliard Nelson was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1940. He was an actor, musician, and songwriter. He starred with the rest of his family in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which ran on television from 1952-1956. Nelson also appeared in the film Rio Bravo (1959). He had 53 songs in the Bilboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973 including hits Poor Little Fool (1958), It’s Late (1959), and Garden Party (1972). Nelson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 after dying in a plane crash in 1985 at the age of 45.

V-E Day (Victory in Europe) took place in 1945 and marked the formal surrender of Germany’s armed forces to the Allies. It marked the end of the war in Europe. Hitler had committed suicide on April 30, 1945 and Karl Donitz was in charge of the surrender for Germany. Celebrations erupted all over the Western world. In the United States, the victory occurred on President Harry Truman’s birthday and he dedicated the victory to Franklin Roosevelt who had died earlier in 1945.

The Hard Hat Riot took place in lower Manhattan in 1970. The riot started around noon when 200 construction workers attacked about 1,000 college and high school students who were protesting the killings at Kent State, the expansion of the war into Cambodia, and the war in general. The riot spread to City Hall and lasted more than two hours. 70 people were injured, including four policemen and six people were arrested.

In 1984, the Soviet Union announced that they were going to boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. This was a response to the American boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980. 14 Eastern bloc nations, including Cuba, joined the boycott. Iran and Libya joined the boycott for different reasons. The Soviet Union cited security reasons for the boycott. The 1984 Olympics were considered to be the most successfully financial of modern Olympics. Naturally, the United States led in the medal count with 174 total medals with West Germany and Romania finishing second and third in total medals.

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.