The “Curse of the Billy Goat” took place in Chicago in 1945. It was a curse that was placed on the Chicago Cubs when Bill Sianis, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, was asked to leave a World Series games against the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field. The smelly goat apparently disturbed a number of fans. Sianis declared that the Cubs would win no more, which was interpreted to mean that the Cubs would never win the World Series. The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908. In 2013, a severed goat’s head was delivered to the owner of the Cubs in an attempt to lift the curse.
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie opened in 1972 at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham. The play is still running today and holds the record for the longest running play in history. The London run has seen over 25,000 performances. The identity of the murder is revealed near the end of the play and at the end of the performance, the audience is asked not to reveal the ending to others.
Egypt and Syria launched a coordinated attack on Israel in 1973 that began the Yom Kippur War. The holiday traditionally brings life to a standstill in Israel. Soldiers often return to their homes for Yom Kippur. The war began with a crossing of the Suez Canal by Egyptian forces. They Syrians concentrated their attack on the Golan Heights. Within three days, Israel regrouped and launched a counter attack into Syria and pushed the Egyptians back across the canal. A ceasefire occurred on October 25. The war made Israel realize how complacent they had become and the Arab world began to realize that Israel might never be defeated.
1908 – Carole Lombard, American actress and singer (d. 1942)
1914 – Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian ethnographer and explorer (d. 2002)
1925 – Shana Alexander, American journalist and author (d. 2005)
1955 – Tony Dungy, American football player and coach
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.