October 20

Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis in 1968, a wealthy Greek shipping magnate. The site of the wedding was on Skorpios, an island owned by Onassis. The marriage brought about a variety of criticism and there was even talk of her excommunication from the Catholic Church. The paparazzi followed her constantly and she was nicknamed “Jackie O.” In 1975 Onassis died of respiratory failure at age 69 and Jackie eventually settled for $26 million from the estate, controlled by Christina Onassis, daughter and heir of the Onassis fortune.

The “Saturday Night Massacre” occurred in 1973 when Richard Nixon dismissed Archibald Cox, the independent prosecutor in the Watergate scandal. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned when they both refused Nixon’s order to fire Cox. Cox had issued a subpoena to obtain copies of the Watergate tapes and Nixon refused to comply. Solicitor General Robert Bork was then ordered by Nixon to fire Cox and he wrote a letter, firing Cox. Congress was infuriated by Nixon’s actions considering them to be a gross abuse of presidential conduct. Leon Jaworski was then named to replace Archibald Cox.

The Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 in New South Wales, Australia. It is located in the Sydney Harbour close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Danish architect Jørn Utzon designed it and construction began in 1959. The Sydney Opera House hosts a variety of performances, averages 1,500 events each year, attracting over a million people. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia, with more than seven million visitors yearly. The Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Birthdays Today

1907Arlene Francis, American actress and talk show host (d. 2001)
1925Art Buchwald, American journalist (d. 2007)
1927Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, author, and actress (d. 2013)
1931Mickey Mantle, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1995)
1956Danny Boyle, English director, producer, and screenwriter
1958Viggo Mortensen, American actor 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.