The Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty in 2003 to 48 counts of murder. Ridgway murdered women and girls in Washington State and California in the 1980s and 1990s. He got his nickname from the media after some of the first victims were discovered in the Green River area in Washington. The women, some of whom were allegedly prostitutes, were strangled by hand or with ligatures and their bodies dumped in wooded areas. Ridgway was arrested in Renton, Washington on November 30, 2001 for murders that were linked to him using DNA evidence. He agreed to disclose the locations of the remaining women in exchange for life in prison.
In 2006, Saddam Hussein of Iraq was sentenced to death for his role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'a Muslims that occurred in 1982. Hussein was captured on December 13, 2003 and remained in custody in Baghdad until the trial. He and seven other defendants were tried for crimes against humanity with regards to their actions after an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Hussein’s life in Dujail. Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging and the verdict was carried out on December 30, 2006.
The deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. military installation occurred in 2009 when Major Nidal Malik Hasan fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. At his court martial, Hasan admitted to the shootings and he was convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. The jury panel of 13 officers recommended that he be dismissed from the military and sentenced to death. Hasan currently is incarcerated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the issue of his beard has caused complications.
1911 – Roy Rogers, American singer, guitarist, and actor (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1998)
1913 – Vivien Leigh, Indian-English actress and singer (d. 1967)
1931 – Ike Turner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer (Kings of Rhythm and Ike & Tina Turner) (d. 2007)
1941 – Art Garfunkel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Simon & Garfunkel)
1943 – Sam Shepard, American actor and screenwriter
1952 – Bill Walton, American basketball player and sportscaster
1960 – Tilda Swinton, English 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.