October 29

The Star of India (563 carats) and other irreplaceable gems were stolen in 1964 from the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. “Murph the Surf” (Jack Murphy), a cat burglar, smuggler, and former surfer and two accomplices were arrested for the theft. Several months later the Star of India, Midnight Star, and the DeLong Star Ruby (1000 carats) were recovered, but the location of the Eagle Diamond was never discovered. Murphy was convicted of a murder in 1968 and was sentenced to life in prison in Florida. Paroled in 2005, he became a prison chaplain and visits prisons around the world.

In 1998, John Glenn became the oldest person in space when he traveled aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Glenn was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He was 77 years old at the time of the Discovery flight. It was the 25th flight of the Discovery and included Pedro Duque, the first Spaniard in space.

Hurricane Sandy hit the East coast of the United States in 2012, causing $70 billion in damages, directly killing 148 people, and leaving millions without power. It was the second-costliest hurricane in American history (Katrina is #1). Sandy was a Category 3 hurricane when it make landfall in Cuba and was Category 2 when it hit the Northeastern U.S. The storm affected people in 24 states from Florida to Maine, as well as Michigan and Wisconsin. A major storm surge hit the NYC area flooding streets, tunnels, and subway lines.

Birthdays Today

1921Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
1947Richard Dreyfuss, American actor, singer, and producer
1948Kate Jackson, American actress, director, and producer
1953Denis Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1954Lee Child, English author

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.