November 7

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 that established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eventually PBS and NPR. The purpose was to promote programming diversity and develop non-commercial broadcasting. The bill gave a boost to educational programming and by 1969 there were 175 educational stations in the nation. PBS was founded in 1969 and includes about 360 member stations.

In 1991, basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for HIV and that he would retire immediately. He later acknowledged that he might have contracted it through one of many sexual partners that he had during his playing career.  His announcement became a major news story and the debate centered on his return to the court. Johnson did return to play and was a member of the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team.” He retired again due to knee problems, but attempted another comeback in 1995 and retired permanently in 1996.

 

The presidential election of 2000 pitted Republican George W. Bush of Texas against Al Gore, the Democrat from Tennessee and incumbent vice president in one of the closest presidential elections in history. Ralph Nader was an important third-party candidate. The election result hinged on the decision of Florida, where a recount was needed due to some voting irregularities that included a “butterfly ballot” in Palm Beach, a removal of felons from the voting rolls that were not actually felons, and the “hanging chads” that were a malfunction of some paper ballots. The Florida Supreme Court decided that Florida’s electoral votes belonged to George Bush and eventually the US Supreme Court allowed the Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris to award those votes to Bush, giving him the election.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1913Albert Camus, French journalist, author, and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1960)

1918Billy Graham, American evangelist and minister

1922Al Hirt, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1999)

1926Joan Sutherland, Australian-Swiss soprano (d. 2010)

1938Jim Kaat, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1943Joni Mitchell, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

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.