September 13

Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the United States Senate in 1948 and became the first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate. She served in the House as a representative for Maine’s Second District from 1940 – 1949. In 1948, Senator Wallace White, Jr. of Maine decided to retire and on January 3, 1949, Smith was sworn into office. She was the first Senator to condemn the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy during his witch-hunt of Communists. She announced her candidacy for president in 1964, but lost out to Barry Goldwater for the Republican nomination. Smith died in 1995 at the age of 97.

In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert was the most intense hurricane in the Atlantic until Wilma came along in 2005. It brought widespread destruction to the island of the Caribbean and Mexico. Gilbert was the third hurricane of the 1988 season and reached Category Five on September 13. It made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Gilbert killed 433 people and caused $7.1 billion worth of damage (1988 dollars). The name has been retired as a hurricane name.

Civilian aircraft traffic resumed in 2001 after the deadly attacks on September 11. The nation had been on a virtual shutdown after the fall of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Many states declared a state of emergency and American and Canadian airspace was shut down until September 13. Many international flights were diverted to Atlantic Canada and those originating from South America were diverted to Mexico.

Birthdays Today

1916Roald Dahl, English pilot, author, and screenwriter (d. 1990)
1925Mel Tormé, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)
1931Barbara Bain, American actress
1939Richard Kiel, American actor (d. 2014)
1944Jacqueline Bisset, English actress

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.