October 26

The first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 occurred in 1958 and ushered in the “Jet Age.” The plane had capacities between 140-189 passengers and a range of up to 5,750 nautical miles. The 707 dominated commercial flights in the 1960s and were still common in the 1970s. Pan Am was the first customer for the 707s and they inaugurated transatlantic jet service from New York to Paris on October 26, 1958. Pan Am was a major air carrier from 1927 until its collapse in 1991.

In 1984, “Baby Fae” received a heart transplant from a baboon. Stephanie Fae Beauclair was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped. The heart transplant occurred at the Loma Linda University Medical Hospital in California. “Baby Fae” died 21 days after the transplant due to rejection of the new heart. The doctor who performed the surgery was widely criticized for not seeking a human heart instead.

President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law in 2001. The name is a bacronym (a specially constructed acronym) for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. In 2011, President Obama signed an extension of the act, which kept roving wiretaps, searches of business records, and conducting surveillance of “lone wolves.” The law was a response to the terrorist acts of September 11. The House passed the law 357-66 and the Senate passed it by 98-1. The law has been more controversial in recent years due to citizen concerns over invasion of privacy.

Birthdays Today

1911Mahalia Jackson, American singer (d. 1972)
1914Jackie Coogan, American actor (d. 1984)
1942Bob Hoskins, English actor, singer, and director (d. 2014)
1945Pat Conroy, American author
1946Pat Sajak, American games show host, producer, and actor
1947Hillary Rodham Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 49th First Lady of the United States

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.