October 14

In 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager flew a Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1). The aircraft was named Glamorous Glennis after his wife. The rocket-powered plane was launched from the bomb bay doors of a modified B-29. The story eventually made headline news in December and Yeager was honored at the White House in 1948.

The Cuban Missile Crisis began in 1962 when U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane photographs revealed the construction of missile bases in Cuba. As a response to the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, the Soviets agreed to Cuba’s request for missiles to be placed in Cuba as a deterrent to future harassment of Cuba. In response to the discovery of the missiles, the United States established a blockade of Cuba to prevent the arrival of more missiles. A period of intense negotiations ensued between President Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev and eventually the Soviets agreed to dismantle the missile bases and the United State agreed to stay away from Cuba and dismantle American missile based in Turkey. It was the closest that the Cold War had come to actual war.

In 1994, Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel Shimon Peres were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The trio had established the Oslo Accords, and began the process of Palestinian self-rule and the recognition of the state of Israel by the PLO. The accords created the Palestinian Authority, which gave the West Bank and Gaza limited self-rule. The agreement, however, did not create an independent Palestinian state.

Birthdays Today

1916C. Everett Koop, American admiral and surgeon, 13th United States Surgeon General (d. 2013)
1927Roger Moore, English actor and producer
1938John Dean, American lawyer and author, 13th White House Counsel
1939Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer, founded the Ralph Lauren Corporation
1952Harry Anderson, American actor and screenwriter

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.