September 16

Xerox introduced its first successful photocopier, the Xerox 915 on television in NYC in 1959. Inventor Chester Carlson’s work on the xerographic process came to fruition in the version of a plain-paper copier that was fast and economical. It could produce 100,000 copies per month of originals of up to 9 by 14 inches. The machine did have a tendency to catch fire when overheated.

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City officially opened in 1966. A public performance had taken place in April earlier that year, but the official opening in September offered the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra. The new structure replaced the former home of the opera at Broadway and 39th Street. It is the home of the Metropolitan Opera as well as the American Ballet Theatre. On August 9 and 10 of 1986, Robin Williams recorded HBO performances at the Opera House. The Opera House contains 3,800 seats and room for 195 standees.

In 1992, Manuel Noriega of Panama received a forty-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering. When the United States invaded Panama in 1989, Noriega was removed from power, captured, and detained as a prisoner of war. His trial began in April of 1992. After spending 15 years in American prisons, Noriega was extradited to France and then to Panama in 2011 to serve a 20-year sentence.
Birthdays Today

1914Allen Funt, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)
1924Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer (d. 2014)
1925B.B. King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1926John Knowles, American author (d. 2001)
1927Peter Falk, American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2011)
1934Elgin Baylor, American basketball player and coach
1952Mickey Rourke, American boxer, actor, and screenwriter
1956David Copperfield, American magician
1958Orel Hershiser, American baseball player, coach, and manager

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.