November 9

The Northeast Blackout occurred in 1965 in several northeastern states and the province of Ontario, Canada. The blackout lasted up to 13 hours, affecting over 30,000,000 people. It was caused by human failure on one of the transmission lines at the Niagara generating station Sir Adam Beck. New York City was dark at 5:27 PM, but a full moon assisted during the blackout. In 1968, a film called Where Were You When the Lights Out? starring Doris Day and Robert Morse tried to take a comedic view of the blackout.


Rolling Stone magazine published its first edition in 1967. It is a biweekly magazine that focuses on popular culture, particularly in the music scene. The founder, Jann Wenner is still the magazines editor. The magazine has a circulation of almost 1.5 million and is based in New York City. In the 1970s, Rolling Stone began to cover the US political scene, using articles written by Hunter S, Thompson. A criticism of the magazine contends that there has been heavy bias toward the music of the 60s and 70s.


The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 signaling the first step in reuniting East and West Germany. The wall had been constructed in August 1961 to prevent the people of communist East Germany from migrating to West Germany. In 1989, a series of political changes in the Warsaw Pact nations of Eastern Europe began a thawing in East-West relations. On November 9, 1989, the East German government announced that East Germans could now visit West Germany. Crowds of East Germans then crossed the border and climbed the Berlin Wall amid a party atmosphere. Over the next several weeks, people began to chip away at the wall taking away souvenirs. Actual demolition of the Berlin Wall did not begin until the summer of 1990. German reunification took place in October of 1990.


Birthdays Today


1914Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress, singer, and producer (d. 2000)

1915Sargent Shriver, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 21st United States Ambassador to France (d. 2011)

1918Spiro Agnew, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (d. 1996)

1934Carl Sagan, American astronomer, astrophysicist, and cosmologist (d. 1996)

1935Bob Gibson, American baseball player and manager

1941Tom Fogerty, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Creedence Clearwater Revival and Ruby) (d. 1990)

1951Lou Ferrigno, American bodybuilder and actor




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.