October 8

Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history in 1956. While in major league baseball, Larsen pitched for 15 years for seven different teams. He pitched game five of the 1956 World Series for the New York Yankees as they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers at Yankee Stadium by a score of 2 – 0. Larsen was named the MVP of the series and earned the Babe Ruth Award. Larsen finished his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1967.

Cats opened on Broadway in 1982 and is the second longest-running show on Broadway after Phantom of the Opera. Cats is about a tribe of cats who have to decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back for a new life. The song Memory was the most notable of the songs in Cats. The show won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and a 1983 Tony. Cats has been produced around the world and has been translated into 20 languages. Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot is the basis for the story.

In 2002, President George W. Bush announced the creation of the Office of Homeland Security. It was a response to the September 11 attacks and its primary responsibility is to protect the United States and respond to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. Homeland Security has more than 200,000 employees and is the third largest Cabinet department after the Defense Department and Veterans’ Affairs. Tome Ridge was the first director of the agency and currently Jeh Johnson holds the position.

Birthdays Today

1920Frank Herbert, American author (d. 1986)
1941Jesse Jackson, American minister and activist
1943Chevy Chase, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
1948Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter (Ramones) (d. 2004)
1949Sigourney Weaver, American actress and producer



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.