October 24

The cornerstone for the United Nations Headquarters in NYC was laid in 1949. It has served as UN headquarters since completion in 1952. Today the United Nations has district headquarters in Geneva, Vienna, and Nairobi, Kenya. The Rockefeller family purchased the land and then donated it to be used for the UN headquarters. In 1945, London had hosted the first meeting of the General Assembly and Paris held some meetings in 1948 and 1951.

In 1977, Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October for the 7th and last time. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as a holiday called Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I in 1918. In 1938, Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday every November 11. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day. Today, the holiday is observed on November 11, but if that date falls on a weekend, it may be observed on a Friday or a Monday.

The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team not based in the United States to win the World Series in 1992. Major players included Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, John Olerud, and Devon White. The Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves that year and catcher Pat Borders was the Series MVP. They also won it in 1993 when they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The Blue Jays are one of three MLB teams owned by a corporation (Rogers Communications). The Seattle Mariners are owned by Nintendo and the Atlanta Braves are part of Liberty Media.

Birthdays Today

1903Melvin Purvis, American FBI agent (d. 1960)
1926Y. A. Tittle, American football player
1939F. Murray Abraham, American actor
1960BD Wong, American actor

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.