November 24

Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of a Dallas police station in 1963. Oswald had allegedly assassinated President Kennedy two days earlier. Oswald was being transferred to another jail when Ruby stepped out from a crowd of reporters and fatally shot Oswald. The murder was witnessed by millions of viewers on live television. Rudy was immediately arrested, tried and found guilty of the murder of Oswald. He was sentenced to death and claimed he was not part of any conspiracy to kill Kennedy. Ruby died in prison in 1967 from a pulmonary embolism linked to lung cancer.

 

Dan Cooper (a.k.a. D.B Cooper) was an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 and parachuted to an unknown fate in 1971. The incident began in Portland, Oregon, when a man who identified himself as Dan Cooper purchased a ticket to fly to Seattle. While en route, he gave a flight attendant a note, which said that he had a bomb. Cooper demanded $200,000 in ransom and he received the money when the plane landed in Seattle. He permitted all the passengers and flight attendants to exit the plane. Then, with the money, he demanded that the crew fly him to Mexico City. Cooper then exited the plane while it was in the air. The case is the only unsolved air piracy in the history of aviation in the United States.

 

Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discovered the remains of the skeleton of a female Australopithecus afarensis in 1974. It was discovered at Hadar in Ethiopia. The skeleton is estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago and is classified as a hominin. She was called Lucy because the Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds had been playing loudly and repeatedly at their camp. Lucy was brought to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where reconstruction began. She was then returned to Ethiopia, but traveled to the United States for six years on exhibition.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1911Kirby Grant, American actor (d. 1985)

1917Howard Duff, American actor and director (d. 1990)

1921John Lindsay, American lawyer and politician, 103rd Mayor of New York City (d. 2000)

1925William F. Buckley, Jr., American publisher and author, founded the National Review (d. 2008)

1929George Moscone, American politician, 37th Mayor of San Francisco

1938Oscar Robertson, American basketball player and sportscaster

1941Pete Best, English drummer and songwriter (The Beatles and Lee Curtis and the All-Stars)

1946Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)

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.