October 12

Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union allegedly banged his shoe on his delegate desk in 1960. The actual date is rather unclear, but it supposedly happened at the United Nations. Some sources claim that this reaction was to a speech made by a delegate of the Philippines, while others claim it was in response to a speech by UK Prime Minister Harold McMillian. There is a fake photo that shows a shoe in Khrushchev’s hand, but the shoe was later added to the photo.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams was first published in 1979. The title is the name of a fictional, eccentric, and electronic travel guide and follows the adventures of Arthur Dent, an Englishman along with Ford Prefect, an alien from a small planet who is conducting research for the travel guide. Spinoffs from the novel included a radio series, comic books, a television series, a film, and a computer game. The novel has been translated into more than 30 languages

Members of al-Qaeda attacked the USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer of the U.S. Navy, in 2000. The ship was in the Yemeni port of Aden when it was attacked. Seventeen sailors were killed and 39 were injured. The attackers approached the ship using a small boat with suicide bombers aboard. The explosion created a 40-foot diameter hole in the port side of the ship. The event was the deadliest attack of a US Navy vessel since 1987, when the USS Stark was attacked by an Iranian warplane. A Norwegian heavy-lift vessel then carried the USS Cole back to the United States. After repairs, the USS Cole sailed again in 2003. In 2007, a federal judge ruled that the Sudanese government was responsible for the attack and ordered it to pay $8 million to the families of the victims. In 2009, another judge released $13.4 million of frozen Sudanese assets to be sent to the families.

Birthdays Today

1932Dick Gregory, American comedian, actor, and author
1935Tony Kubek, American baseball player and sportscaster
1935Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor and actor (d. 2007)
1950Lawrence Moskal, American educator and blogger

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.