September 10

In 1960, Abebe Bikila became the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal at the Olympics. He ran and won the marathon while running barefoot at the Rome Olympics. Bikila was added to the Ethiopian team at the last minute and ran barefoot after he could not find shoes that fit properly. He won again in Tokyo in 1964. He died in 1973 from a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 41. A stadium in Addis Ababa is named in his honor.

The most controversial basketball game in international basketball occurred at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. The United Sates had seemingly won the game, but the scorer’s table decided to add another three seconds onto the clock. The last three seconds were played twice with the Russians scoring a basket as time expired again. The United States refused to accept the silver medal for finishing in second place. It was the first time in Olympic history that the United States lost a men’s basketball game. I watched this game on television at the time and it was a moment I will never forget.

Pope John Paul II began his trip to North America in 1987. He started his trip in Canada and then went on to visit Miami, Columbia, SC, New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, and Detroit. While in Los Angeles, he visited with President Reagan.

Birthdays Today

1929Arnold Palmer, American golfer
1934Charles Kuralt, American journalist (d. 1997)
1934Roger Maris, American baseball player and coach (d. 1985)
1945José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948Bob Lanier, American basketball player and coach
1948Margaret Trudeau, Canadian actress and talk show host, 12th Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada
1960Colin Firth, English actor
1963Randy Johnson, American baseball player and actor

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.