October 1

Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The struggle against the Nationalists and Chiang Kai-shek had lasted over two decades. The nation is the world’s largest in population with over 1.35 billion people with the capital at Beijing. China consists of 22 provinces and five autonomous regions with an area comparable to the United States. China currently has the second largest economy behind the United States and is the world’s largest importer and exporter. China developed nuclear weapons in 1964. In 1971, Communist China replaced Nationalist China in the United Nations.

Roy Disney established Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in 1971. It is the most visited vacation resort in the world with some 52 million visitors annually. In size, the resort covers 43 square miles and includes 27 themed resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, and a camping resort. Epcot joined the complex on October 1 of 1982. Walt Disney was in on the original planning, but died before construction began on “The Florida Project.”

The “Thrilla in Manila” took place in the Philippines in 1975. The heavyweight championship fight involved Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The bout is often ranked by many as one of the best in the history of boxing. Ali boasted that the fight would be "killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila." The fight took place at 10 AM in order to accommodate a worldwide television audience. The heat was unbearable due to the humidity. Frazier claimed it hit 120 degrees in the ring and Ali later claimed that he lost five pounds during the fight. The fight was stopped in the 14th round by the referee after Frazier had taken a pounding in the previous round.
Birthdays Today

1903Vladimir Horowitz, Ukrainian-American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
1910Bonnie Parker, American criminal (d. 1934)
1920Walter Matthau, American actor and singer (d. 2000
1921James Whitmore, American actor and singer (d. 2009)
1924Jimmy Carter, American lieutenant and politician, 39th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate
1924William Rehnquist, American lawyer and jurist, 16th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 2005)
1935Julie Andrews, English actress and singer
1953Grete Waitz, Norwegian runner (d. 2011)

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.