November 1

Two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate President Harry Truman at Blair House in Washington in 1950. A White House police officer was killed during the attempt. The White House was being renovated so the Trumans were staying at Blair House, which is the official guesthouse for the President of the United States. Truman was napping on the second floor when the attack took place. One of the assassins was killed in the shootout and the other was convicted and sentenced to death, but Truman commuted his sentence to life in prison. In 1952, 81.9% the people of Puerto Rico voted to remain with the United States.


In 1959, goaltender Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens wore a protective mask for the first time in an NHL hockey game. Plante had tested many versions of a mask including one with a helmet. He was also the first goalie to regularly play the puck outside of his crease and gave directions to his defensemen. Plante played for several teams before retiring in 1975, In 1978, Plante was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.


The Motion Picture Association of America officially introduced their film rating system in 1968. The ratings were G, M, R, and X. The rating of M was meant for mature audiences and parental discretion was advised for anyone under 16. Persons under 16 would not be admitted for an R rated film and persons under 18 would not be admitted for X rated films. The current ratings of G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 have been in used since 1990.


Birthdays Today


1920James J. Kilpatrick, American journalist (d. 2010)

1932Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1935Gary Player, South African golfer

1940Barry Sadler, American sergeant, singer-songwriter, and actor (d. 1989)

1942Larry Flynt, American publisher, founded Larry Flynt Publications

1957Lyle Lovett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1960Tim Cook, American businessman

1960Fernando Valenzuela, Mexican baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

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.