October 15

The first episode of I Love Lucy first aired on CBS in 1951.  The black and white series starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, and Vivian Vance. The original series ran until 1957 and was followed by several different versions. I Love Lucy won five Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award. In a survey conducted by ABC News and People magazine, it was voted the “Best TV Show of All Time.” The show is syndicated in many nations around the world. a Total of 181 episodes were produced.

Hurricane Hazel caused 95 fatalities in the United States in 1954. It killed over 1,000 in Haiti before it hit the United States and hit landfall between the Carolinas. As a result of the amount of damage and deaths, the name Hazel has been retired as a hurricane name. The hurricane caused damage in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, and as a tropical storm, causing more destruction in Toronto, Canada.

The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam was held in 1969. It featured demonstrations and teach-ins against the war in Vietnam. One month later, approximately 250,000 demonstrators descended upon Washington, D.C. More than 100,000 participated in anti-war activities in Boston where George McGovern spoke and Bill Clinton organized a demonstration in London. The November march was mostly peaceful with one conflict where police used tear gas on the crowd. Richard Nixon stated that he would not be affected by the protests.

Birthdays Today

1908John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist and diplomat, 7th United States Ambassador to India (d. 2006)
1909Robert Trout, American journalist (d. 2000)
1917Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., American historian and critic (d. 2007)
1920Mario Puzo, American author and screenwriter (d. 1999)
1924Lee Iacocca, American businessman and author
1943Penny Marshall, American actress, director, and producer
1945Jim Palmer, American baseball player and sportscaster
1959Sarah, Duchess of York

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.