November 26

Roger Staubach was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1963 for being voted the best college football player. Staubach was the quarterback for the U.S. Naval Academy and led them to a 9-1 record and a final ranking of #2 in the nation. The Naval Academy retired his jersey #12. Staubach served a tour of duty in Vietnam and in 1969 he became a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

 

Katherine Harris, the Florida Secretary of State, certified George W. Bush as the winner of Florida’s 25 electoral votes. This gave George Bush the votes he needed to defeat Al Gore, his Democratic opponent in the 2000 presidential election. The electoral vote count was 271-266 in favor of Bush, although Gore won the overall popular vote. The Florida vote was close enough to order a recount and all sorts of counting problems caused delays. On November 26, the state declared Bush the winner by 537 votes. On December 12, the Supreme Court upheld the Florida ruling.

 

 

The supersonic transport, the Concorde, made its last flight in 2003. Scheduled commercial flights began in 1976. In 2000, Air France Flight 4590 crashed shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The crash kept many customers from booking flights on the Concordes and Air France and British Airways retired the plane. Twenty Concordes had been manufactured. The plane made the transatlantic crossing in about 3.5 hours and had an average cruise speed of Mach 2.02 or about 1334 miles per hour, more than twice the speed of conventional aircraft.

 

 

Birthdays Today

 

1899Richard Hauptmann, German-American murderer (d. 1936)

1912Eric Sevareid, American journalist (d. 1992)

1922Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, created Peanuts (d. 2000)

1933Robert Goulet, American-Canadian singer and actor (d. 2007)

1938Rich Little, Canadian-American comedian, actor, and singer

1939Tina Turner, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Ike & Tina Turner)

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.