November 8

John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in the presidential election of 1960. Nixon was the incumbent Vice President and Kennedy was a senator from Massachusetts. The Twenty-second Amendment prohibited Eisenhower from running again. This was the first presidential election for residents of Alaska and Hawaii. In the popular vote, Kennedy received .17% more votes than Nixon. Kennedy gathered 303 electoral votes to Nixon’s 219. A recession had benefitted Kennedy and across the nation there were 17 million more registered Democratic voters. Nixon campaigned in all 50 states instead of concentrating on the swing states. It was the first time that two incumbent senators were elected president and vice president (Lyndon Johnson).


IN 1966, Edward Brooke became the first African American elected to the US Senate since the days of Reconstruction. He was a Republican who defeated Democrat Massachusett’s governor Endicott Peabody in a landslide. Brooke served two terms until Paul Tsongas defeated him in 1978. At the time only 3% of the population of Massachusetts was African American.


In 1972, HBO (Home Box Office) launched its first program in the Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania. They showed the 1971 film, Sometimes a Great Notion starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. 325 households who were members of Service Electric received the program. Today, HBO has over 32 million subscribers, second only to Encore. HBO also broadcasts in over 151 nations with over 114 subscribers around the world.


Birthdays Today


1922Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon and academic (d. 2001)

1927Patti Page, American singer and actress (d. 2013)

1929Bobby Bowden, American football player and coach

1931Morley Safer, Canadian-American journalist

1949Bonnie Raitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950Mary Hart, American journalist and actress

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.