October 2

The comic strip, Peanuts, was first published in 1950. Written and illustrated by Charles Schultz, the strip ran until 2000 and has continued in reruns. 17,897 strips were published and it ran in over 2,600 newspapers and was translated into 21 languages. Featured in the comic strip were characters Charlie Brown, Woodstock, Snoopy, Franklin, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and Sally Brown.

The television series, The Twilight Zone, began in 1959 and ran until 1964. One hundred and fifty-six episodes were produced during that time. It was created by Rod Serling and often featured disturbing or unusual events and often had a moral story to tell. Serling wrote many of the episodes and was the show’s host and narrator. Two of the episodes, “To Serve Man” and “It’s a Good Life,” are considered classics. TV Guide ranks The Twilight Zone 26th on its list of the greatest fifty shows of all time.

The Beltway sniper attacks began in 2002 in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Ten people were killed in a series of coordinated shootings that lasted over three weeks. The rampage included two men, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo using a blue 1990 Chevy Caprice. The shootings took place from the trunk of the car using a stolen Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle using a holographic weapon sight. Muhammad was found guilty of multiple murders in Virginia and Maryland and was executed in 2009 by lethal injection in Virginia. Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences.

Birthdays Today

1890Groucho Marx, American comedian, actor, and singer (d. 1977)
1895Bud Abbott, American actor and singer (d. 1974)
1904Graham Greene, English author, playwright, and critic (d. 1991)
1932Maury Wills, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster
1945Don McLean, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948Donna Karan, American fashion designer, founded DKNY
1949Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
1954Lorraine Bracco, American actress and producer

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.