November 3

The first Godzilla movie was released in 1954 in Japan. The creature was resurrected by nuclear testing in the Pacific and destroys cities and landscapes wherever he goes. Godzilla is a symbol of a nuclear holocaust and reminds viewers of the horrors that Japan experienced with the dropping of the two atomic bombs. The original spawned many sequels and rip-offs over the ensuing years.

 

In 1964, the citizens of Washington, D.C. were able to vote for the first time in a presidential election. The 23rd amendment to the Constitution passed in 1961 gave the people of our nation’s capital the right to vote in a presidential election. The District of Columbia is granted the same number of electoral votes (3), the same number as the least populous states. D.C. has always given its electoral votes to the Democrats.

 

President Richard Nixon addressed the nation on radio and television in 1969 and asked for the support of “the silent majority.” Nixon believed that most Americans felt the same way he did. He believed that those who participated in anti-war demonstrations and members of the counter-culture were in the minority and they did not really represent the wishes of most Americans.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1918Bob Feller, American sailor, baseball player, and sportscaster (d. 2010)

1921Charles Bronson, American actor (d. 2003)

1933Michael Dukakis, American lawyer, academic, and politician, 65th Governor of Massachusetts

1942Martin Cruz Smith, American author and screenwriter

1950Joe Queenan, American author and critic

1952Roseanne Barr, American comedian, 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.