September 12

U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island in 1953. The couple became engaged on June 25, 1953. Archbishop Richard Cushing celebrated the wedding. It was the social event of the season as 700 attended the ceremony and about 1,200 guests came to the reception at Hammersmith Farm. Jackie’s wedding dress is now in the Kennedy Library in Boston. The honeymoon took place at San Ysidro Ranch in California and the couple then proceeded to their new home in McLean, Virginia.

The first television to be broadcast in color, Bonanza, premiered in 1959 on NBC. The show lasted until 1973 after a run of 430 episodes and was the second longest-running western after Gunsmoke. The show featured the Cartwright family who lived in the area of Virginia City, Nevada. Lorne Green, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon were the main stars. TV Guide ranked Bonanza as #43 in the top 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed in 1973 from the throne of Ethiopia. Selassie had been the nation’s regent from 1916-1930 and then the emperor from 1930-1973. His dynasty traced its roots to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Selassie was born in 1892 and died in 1975. His nation became a target of Italian imperialism in the 1930s and his armies provided stiff resistance to a modern Italian army. Ethiopia became a charter member of the United Nations under his leadership. Haile Selassie was often referred to as the “Lion of Judah.”

Birthdays Today

1913Jesse Owens, American sprinter (d. 1980)
1931George Jones, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
1943Maria Muldaur, American singer
1943Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-Canadian author and poet
1944Barry White, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2003)

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.