October 22

In 1957, the United States military suffered its first causalities in the Vietnam War. Thirteen American were wounded when terrorist bombings occurred in Saigon. Before the war was over, 58,286 Americans would lose their lives.

The Supremes became the first all-female singing group to have a #1 record album. In 1966, their album, The Supremes A’ Go-Go, became the best-selling album in the United States. It remained on the Billboard album chart for over 60 weeks and included songs Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart and You Can’t Hurry Love. At that time, the group consisted of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after an 18-year run.

Karol Jozef Wojtyla was inaugurated as Pope John Paul II in 1978. In modern history only Pope Pius IX served longer. Following the death of John Paul I in August, the Papal conclave chose John Paul I, but he died after only 33 days as pope. A new enclave then chose Karol Wojtyla as the 264th pope, who was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. John Paul II died in 2005. Pope John Paul II is now referred to as Saint John Paul the Great after his canonization.

Birthdays Today

1920Timothy Leary, American psychologist and author (d. 1996)
1936Bobby Seale, American activist, co-founded the Black Panther Party
1938Christopher Lloyd, American actor
1942Annette Funicello, American actress and singer (d. 2013)
1946Deepak Chopra, Indian-American physician and author
1952Jeff Goldblum, American actor
1963Brian Boitano, American figure skater

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.