September 14

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in 1960. Its mission is to coordinate the policies of the world’s leading oil producers. OPEC was created in Baghdad by Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Later additions included Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Indonesia, Algeria, Nigeria, Ecuador, Angola, and Gabon. Gabon and Indonesia later left OPEC leaving the membership at 12 nations. Their headquarters is in Vienna, Austria.

The first birthdate drawn in the 1969 Selective Service draft lottery was September 14. Men with birthdays on that date were assigned number one and were the first to be drafted. April 24 was the second date drawn. All 366 birthdates (including February 29) were written on slips of paper and placed in separate plastic capsules. The capsules were mixed and then placed in a large glass jar. Many noticed that November and December birthdays seemed to be chosen last and an explanation emerged that perhaps the capsules were not mixed well enough.

The 1994 Major League Baseball season came to a conclusion when a player’s strike caused the cancelation of the rest of the season. The players began their strike on August 12 and lasted until April 2, 1995. It was the longest of the eighth strikes in baseball history. 948 games were canceled and the entire postseason was lost. The basis for the strike was player reaction to a new revenue-sharing plan with a salary cap agreed to by the owners. Unfortunately, the Montreal Expos were having their best season ever and Tony Gwynn was batting .394 at the time of the cancelation.

Birthdays Today

1914Clayton Moore, American actor (d. 1999)
1940Larry Brown, American basketball player and coach
1944Joey Heatherton, American actress, singer, and dancer
1947Sam Neill, Irish-New Zealand actor and director
1955Geraldine Brooks, Australian-American journalist and author

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.