November 20

In 1947, Princess Elizabeth of England married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London. Philip became the Duke of Edinburgh due to the marriage to Elizabeth. They became engaged on July 9, 1947. Philip had been a prince of Denmark and Greece and is a second cousin once removed to Elizabeth. Before the wedding, Philip renounced his foreign titles and converted from Greek Orthodoxy to the Church of England. The couple received over 2,500 wedding gifts from around the world. Because the end of World War II had recently occurred, Philip’s German relatives were not invited to the wedding. Elizabeth needed ration coupons to buy the material for her gown.


Mickey Mantle was named the American League MVP in 1962. Mantle is regarded by many as the greatest switch-hitter of all time while playing his entire career with the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974 and was selected to Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team. He was the AL MVP three times and an All-Star 16 times. Mantle won the triple crown (league leader in average, RBIs, and homeruns) in 1956 and was on seven world champion teams with the Yankees. He died on August 13 due to liver cancer.


The United States Justice Department filed its final anti-trust suit against AT&T in 1974. A settlement was finalized in 1982 that forced the corporation to split into Regional Bell Operating Companies, known as “Baby Bells.” The original “Baby Bells” included Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, Southwestern Bell, and US West. Subsequent mergers transformed the landscape once again. Throughout most of the 20th century AT&T held a monopoly on phone service in the United States through its Bell System network.


Birthdays Today


1908Alistair Cooke, English-American journalist (d. 2004)

1917Robert Byrd, American lawyer and politician (d. 2010)

1923Nadine Gordimer, South African author and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1925Robert F. Kennedy, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th United States Attorney General (d. 1968)

1932Richard Dawson, English-American actor and game show host (d. 2012)

1939Dick Smothers, American actor and singer (Smothers Brothers)

1942Joe Biden, American lawyer and politician, 47th Vice President of the United States

1946Judy Woodruff, American journalist and educator

1956Bo Derek, American actress 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.