October 30

In 1938, Orson Welles scared America with his radio broadcast of the radio drama, The War of the Worlds. This play was part of the radio series, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, which was aired on the CBS radio network. The drama was realistically done with simulated news bulletins that many who listened thought the events were actually happening in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. CBS News was swamped with calls and many fled their homes by car or bus. Part of the problem was that people often tuned in late and did not hear the disclaimer that this was only a radio play. No one died because of this incident and the FCC did not punish Orson Welles.

On Derby Day, 1965, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, Jean Shrimpton shocked the world by wearing a daring white minidress. Some claim that Shrimpton was actually the world’s first supermodel. Shrimpton was paid  £2,000 by DuPont to travel to Australia to be a judge at the 1965 “Fashions of the Field.” The dress was designed to promote a new fabric; Orlon and the dress fell a daring 4 inches above Shrimpton’s knees. Her dressmaker claimed that he had not been given enough fabric. Conservative Australians were shocked and the tabloids had a field day.

The “Rumble in the Jungle” took place in 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire. The fight was between the undefeated heavyweight champion, George Foreman and former champion Muhammad Ali. The fight was held at 4:00 AM local time for audiences in the North America. It has been called one of the greatest sporting events of the 20th century. Both men had spent the summer training in Zaire to get used to the climate. A three day music festival to hype the fight took place from September 22-24. Ali used his “rope-a-dope” method to tire Foreman in the early rounds. He would cover himself up along the ropes and let the opponent throw many useless punches into his body. The referee stopped the fight at the end of the eighth round after Ali knocked Foreman to the canvas. Ali regained his heavyweight crown.

Birthdays Today

1915Fred W. Friendly, American journalist (d. 1998)
1932Louis Malle, French-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1995)
1939Grace Slick, American singer-songwriter and model (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and The Great Society)
1945Henry Winkler, American actor, director, and producer
1960Diego Maradona, Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

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.