September 11

In 1985, Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s record for most hits in a career with hit number 4,192. Rose finished with 4,256 hits in his career, which still holds. Rose played for the Reds, Phillies, and Expos during his major league career. He was an All-Star 17 times and he was on three World Series champions. Rose then coached the Cincinnati Reds from 1984-1989 and gambled on the Reds to win. Rose then agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball and has been kept out of the Hall of Fame.

Two hijacked airplanes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 2001, causing their total destruction. A third plane smashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks were coordinated by al-Quaeda and a total of 2,996 people were killed. The process of cleaning and recovery at the World Trade Center took eight months. Conditions for air travelers in the United States dramatically changed since those incidents. A new building at 7 World Trade Center opened in 2006, a memorial museum opened in 2011, and 1 World Trade Center is completed and scheduled to open in late 2014. These events will always mark a day of remembrance for those old enough to understand what happened on September 11, 2001. In my lifetime, I have the Kennedy assassination in 1963, the Challenger explosion in 1986, and the September 11 attack.

In 2012, the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, killing four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. He was the first American ambassador killed while on duty since 1979. The State Department was heavily criticized for not providing enough security at the embassy and the media kept this story in the news for months. Initially, the attack was reported to have been instigated by angry reactions to an anti-Muslim film, but subsequent investigations seem to point to a premeditated attack on the embassy.

Birthdays Today

1913Bear Bryant, American football player and coach (d. 1983)
1924Tom Landry, American football player and coach (d. 2000)
1940Brian De Palma, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1961Virginia Madsen, American actress
1962Kristy McNichol, American actress and singer

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.