In 1948, Hopalong Cassidy premiered on NBC television. It made a star of actor William Boyd who had appeared in the movie versions. The character was created in 1904 by author Clarence E. Mulford and 66 films were made in the 1930s and 1940s. Hopalong merchandise included a lunchbox, pillows, roller skates, soap, and wristwatches. In 1951, an amusement park named Koppyland opened in Los Angeles that included a roller coaster, pony rides, and a Ferris wheel. It closed in 1954.
Milwaukee Brave’s pitcher, Warren Spahn won the Cy Young Award in 1957. Spahn was born in Buffalo, New York in 1921, and pitched for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves for most of his career before finishing his last year with the Mets and the Giants. In his career, he won 363 games, more than any other left-hander in baseball history. He was elected to the Hall o Fame in 1973 and is on Major League Baseball’s All-Century team. In 1957, Spahn won 21 games and threw 18 complete games, including four shutouts. He helped the Braves defeat the New York Yankees in the World Series that year.
The Leader of the Pack by the Shanri-Las reached #1 on the pop charts in 1964. It was a “teenage tragedy” song that had a period of popularity. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #447 in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The group was active from 1963-1968 and consisted of four female singers who recorded with Red Bird and Mercury labels. Their other major hit was Remember (Walking in the Sand) also released in 1964.
1936 – Gary Hart, American lawyer and politician
1943 – Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1949 – Alexander Godunov, Russian-American actor and dancer (d. 1995)
1950 – Ed Harris, American actor and producer
1958 – Dave Righetti, American baseball player and coach
1962 – Jon Stewart, American comedian, actor, and television host
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.