November 30

Epic Records released Michael Jackson’s solo album, Thriller, in 1982. Seven singles came from the album that reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Thriller became the best-selling album of all time with sales of over 65 million. It captured eight Grammy Awards in 1984 including Album of the Year. Thriller is ranked number 20 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. Singles on the album include The Girl Is Mine, Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, and The Lady in My Life.

 

Exxon Mobil Corporation was created in 1998 when Exxon and Mobil merged to form one corporation. Its headquarters is in Irving, Texas and is a descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company and is affiliated with Imperial Oil of Canada.

It is currently the second largest publicly traded company by market capitalization behind Apple. The corporation operates 37 oil refineries in 21 nations with a daily capacity of refining 6.3 million barrels.

 

Ken Jennings finally lost his championship on Jeopardy! in 2004. He had the longest winning streak on a syndicated American game show on television. Jennings had appeared on 74 Jeopardy! shows in a row earning him $2,520,700. Because of continued appearances, Jennings has won $3,196,300 on Jeopardy! His defeat came when he lost to challenger Nancy Zerg as he missed the Final Jeopardy! answer.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1912Gordon Parks, American photographer and director (d. 2006)

1918Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (d. 2014)

1924Shirley Chisholm, American educator and politician (d. 2005)

1926Richard Crenna, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2003)

1927Robert Guillaume, American actor, singer, and producer

1929Dick Clark, American television host and producer, founded Dick Clark Productions (d. 2012)

1936Abbie Hoffman, American activist and author, co-founded the Youth International Party (d. 1989)

1937Ridley Scott, English director, producer, and production designer

1952Mandy Patinkin, American actor and singer

1962Bo Jackson, American football and baseball player

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.