In 1973, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. The Constitution does not deal with a Vice Presidential vacancy. Spiro Agnew had resigned from the office and Richard Nixon selected Ford as his replacement. The 25th Amendment to the Constitution defines the process of filling the office. Both houses of Congress must confirm the candidate. The vote in the Senate was 92-3 in favor. The House approved Ford on December 6 by a vote of 387-35 and Ford was sworn in on that day.
Boston Red Sox outfielder, Fred Lynn, was voted as the American League Most Valuable Player in 1975. He became the first player to be voted as the MVP in either league. Lynn also was voted the Rookie of the Year in 1975. In that year, Lynn finished with a batting average of .331, hit 21 homeruns, and drove in 105 runs. He led the league in runs scored in 103 and in doubles in 47. He finished his career with the San Diego Padres in 1990.
The mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated in their city in 1978. Former supervisor Dan White was angry that he was not re-appointed to his seat on the Board of Supervisors and shot Moscone and Milk with a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson, using hollow point bullets. White turned himself in and denied premeditation in the shootings. He was eventually found guilty of voluntary manslaughter instead of first-degree murder and this touched off the White Night riots on May 21, 1979. White had used the “Twinkie defense” in that he suffered from a diminished capacity due to depression exacerbated by indulging in sugary foods.
1917 – Buffalo Bob Smith, American television host (d. 1998)
1937 – Gail Sheehy, American journalist and author
1940 – Bruce Lee, American-Chinese actor, martial artist, and screenwriter (d. 1973)
1941 – Eddie Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
1942 – Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1970)
1951 – Kathryn Bigelow, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1955 – Bill Nye, American engineer, educator, and television host
1957 – Caroline Kennedy, American lawyer and diplomat, 29th United States Ambassador to Japan
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.