October 27

The “Baltimore Four” that included Catholic priest Philip Berrigan, occupied the Selective Service office in Baltimore, Maryland in 1967. They poured blood (their own and chicken blood) over records of the Selective Service in protest of the Vietnam. Their trial was postponed due to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the riots in Baltimore. Berrigan was sentenced to six years in a federal prison.

In 1978, Menachem Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They had signed the Camp David Agreement earlier in the year to bring about a negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel. President Jimmy Carter brought the two leaders together at Camp David and thirteen days later an agreement was reached.

President Ronald Reagan decided to tear down the United States embassy building in Moscow in 1988 when listening devices were discovered in many of the rooms. The cost to build the new embassy was estimated to be around $500 million. Russian workers had built the old embassy and microphones were found in several walls. One official thought it would be more costly to refurbish the old, obsolete building.

Birthdays Today

1914Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and playwright (d. 1953)
1920Nanette Fabray, American actress, singer, and dancer
1922Ruby Dee, American actress, singer, and poet (d. 2014)
1922Ralph Kiner, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2014)
1926H. R. Haldeman, American diplomat, 4th White House Chief of Staff (d. 1993)
1932Sylvia Plath, American author and poet (d. 1963)
1933Floyd Cramer, American pianist (d. 1997)
1939John Cleese, English actor, producer, and screenwriter
1940Maxine Hong Kingston, American author
1946Carrie Snodgress, American actress (d. 2004)
1952Roberto Benigni, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter

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.