November 15

In 1959, the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas was murdered in their home. Truman Capote’s 1966 book, In Cold Blood, details the murders. Herbert Clutter, a farmer, along with his wife and two of their four children were murdered as they slept. The two children were high school students. Two ex-convicts on parole were arrested for the murders, found guilty, and executed in 1965. In Cold Blood was published in 1965 as a four-part serial in The New Yorker. Random House published the book version in 1966. The first movie version was released in 1967 and starred Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, and John Forsythe.

 

Yankee outfielder, Roger Maris was voted as the American League MVP in 1961. In 1961, Major League baseball expanded the regular season from 154 to 162 games. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle battled for the homerun crown that year with Maris finishing with 61 homeruns. Babe Ruth had set the season homerun mark with 60 homers in 1927 and many fans felt that Maris (or anyone else) had to hit 61 by the 154th game of the season. Maris was only at homerun 59 at that point of the season, but he hit number 61 on the last day of the season to set the new season homerun mark. Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds, under dubious circumstances, broke Maris’s mark in later years.

 

The Moratorium March on Washington to protest the Vietnam War occurred in 1969. Approximately 500,000 performers, activists, and demonstrators attended the event. Two days earlier, there had been a March against Death as marchers walked past the White House with placards that listed the name of a dead American soldier or a destroyed Vietnamese village. The placards were then placed in coffins. The vast majority of these protests were peaceful with only a small conflict involving tear gas. Richard Nixon acknowledged the protests, but maintained that they would not affect him.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1905Mantovani, Italian conductor and composer (d. 1980)

1906Curtis LeMay, American general and politician (d. 1990)

1925Howard Baker, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 12th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2014)

1929Ed Asner, American actor, singer, and producer

1932Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter and actress

1940Sam Waterston, American actor and producer

1947Bill Richardson, American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1951Beverly D'Angelo, American actress, singer, and producer

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.