November 17

Lhamo Dondrub was officially recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibetan Buddhism in 1950. He was born in 1935 and became the Dalai Lama at the age of 15. The Dalai Lama won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and is known for his advocacy of Tibetans. During the 1959 Tibetan uprising against China, he fled to neighboring India and has since traveled the world speaking out about the environment, economics, non-violence, and many other topics.


The Heidi Game was an AFL football game played by the New York Jets ad the Oakland Raiders in 1968. The game is remembered for its thrilling finish as Oakland came back with two touchdowns in the final minute to win the game 32-29. However, NBC broke away from the game while the Jets were still ahead to take viewers to a television film, Heidi, at 7 PM. The game ran late due to injuries and penalties and when the network broke away from the game to Heidi, fans across the nation flooded the switchboards of NBC affiliates to complain. The fiasco caused a change in the way games are now telecast to their conclusions.


Richard Nixon announced that he was “not a crook” in 1973. Nixon was facing a lot of questions concerning income taxes, possible kickbacks from lobbyists, and Watergate. At a press conference in Orlando, Florida, Nixon announced, “Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got. The press conference lasted about an hour and Nixon was often tense, but maintained his innocence about Watergate.


Birthdays Today


1916Shelby Foote, American historian and author (d. 2005)

1925Rock Hudson, American actor and singer (d. 1985)

1930Bob Mathias, American decathlete, actor, and politician (d. 2006)

1938Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1942Martin Scorsese, American director, producer, screenwriter, and actor

1944Jim Boeheim, American basketball player and coach

1944Danny DeVito, American actor, director, and producer

1944Tom Seaver, American baseball player and sportscaster

1949John Boehner, American businessman and politician, 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1960RuPaul, American drag queen performer, actor, and singer


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.