November 2

The only flight of the “Spruce Goose” occurred in 1947 off the coast of California. The Hughes H-4 Hercules was a prototype of a heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company owned by Howard Hughes. The plane was not ready for World War II and made only one flight before the project was discontinued. Because of a wartime shortage of metals, the plane was made of birch and not spruce. It is the largest flying boat ever produced and has the longest wingspan of any aircraft in history (320 ft. 11 in.). The plane is on display at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

 

In 1959, Charles Van Doren testified in front of a Congressional committee that he had inside information while competing on the game show, Twenty One. Van Doren was a college professor and became a contest on November 28, 1956. After defeating the current champion Herbert Stempel, Van Doren finally lost on March 11, 1957 after winning $143,000. Stempel encouraged a federal investigation, being disgruntled after he was forced to “take a dive” in losing to Van Doren. As a result of his testimony, Van Doren was dropped from NBC and resigned from his post at Columbia University. The producers of the show, Jack Barry and Dan Enright were removed from their positions. Jack Barry returned to game shows in 1969. Enright rejoined him in 1976 on the show Tic-Tac-Dough.

 

Norman Morrison set himself on fire while he was underneath the window of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s office in 1965. He doused himself in kerosene and burned himself to death, probably in emulation of the Buddhist monk Thich Quan Duc who had burned himself to death in Saigon. Morrison sacrificed himself in his anti-war protest of the Vietnam War. He became a folk hero to some and North Vietnam named a street for him in Hanoi and issued a postage stamp in his honor. His widow and two daughters visited Vietnam in 1999.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1913Burt Lancaster, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 1994)

1914Ray Walston, American actor and singer (d. 2001)

1934Ken Rosewall, Australian tennis player

1938Pat Buchanan, American journalist and politician

1945J. D. Souther, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Longbranch Pennywhistle and Souther–Hillman–Furay Band)

1961k.d. lang, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

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.