October 10

The Games of the XVII Olympiad (or the 1964 Summer Olympics) opened in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo had been awarded the 1940 games, but they were canceled due to Japan’s invasion of China. These were the first Olympic games held in Asia and the first time that South Africa was banned from competition because of apartheid. They were also the first games to be telecast internationally without the need for tapes. The Tokyo games were scheduled in October to escape the summer heat. The Soviet Union captured the most medals, the United States was second, and a united German team was third. Highlights included American Don Schollander winning four gold medals in swimming, Billy Mills winning the gold in the 10,000 meter run, and sprinter Bob Hayes won the gold in the 100 meter dash.

In 1971, the London Bridge was reconstructed in Lake Havasu, Arizona. The bridge was built in 1831 and spanned the Thames River in London. It was dismantled in 1967 and the exterior granite blocks were shipped to Arizona where it links an island with the city of Lake Havasu over a canal. It has become a popular tourist attraction for the city.

Spiro Agnew resigned as the Vice President of the United States in 1973. He became the second vice president to resign and the first to do so while facing criminal charges. John C. Calhoun had resigned in 1832 for political reasons. Agnew had been the Governor of Maryland before being elected with Richard Nixon in 1968. In 1973, the United States Attorney’s office for Maryland charged him with accepting bribes while he was the Baltimore County Executive. After stepping down, Nixon named Gerald Ford to replace him as the Vice President. Agnew was noted for his strong attacks on the opponents of Richard Nixon that won him many conservative admirers.

Birthdays Today

1924James Clavell, Australian-American director, producer, screenwriter, and author (d. 1994)
1924Ed Wood, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter (d. 1978)
1930Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)
1941Peter Coyote, American actor
1946Ben Vereen, American actor, singer, and dancer
1950Nora Roberts, American author
1958Tanya Tucker, American 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.