September 19

In 1952, the United States barred Charlie Chaplin from returning to the United States after a trip to England. Chaplin went to London to hold the premiere opening of his latest film, Limelight. He was told that he would have to submit to an interview concerning his political and moral behavior in order to return to the United States. Chaplin decided to cut his ties with the United States, but said very little due to the fact that much of his property remained in America. This happened during the “Red Scare” of the early 1950s. Chaplin and his wife settled in Switzerland and he died in 1977 at the age of 88.

Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in New York’s Central Park in 1981. The duo had risen to fame in 1965 with their single, The Sound of Silence. Their music was featured in the film The Graduate in 1967. Some of their biggest hits included Homeward Bound, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and The Boxer. They broke up in 1970 over artistic disagreements. They agreed to preform together in Central Park and that concert attracted more than 500,000 people. Simon and Garfunkel are ranked #42 on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest artists of all time.

German tourists discovered Otzi the Iceman in 1991. He is a well-preserved mummy of a man who lived around 3,300 BCE. Otzi was found in the Otzal Alps on the border between Italy and Austria. His analysis revealed much about life in that time period. His remains have been examined, X-rayed, CT Scanned, and dated. Much valuable information was learned from his clothing, shoes, tools, and equipment. It was originally believed that Otzi died from exposure during a winter storm, but he may have died due to a blow to the head. An arrowhead was found in his left shoulder and he may have been part of a raiding party. His body and belongings are displayed in a museum in South Tyrol, Italy.

Birthdays Today

1926Duke Snider, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2011)
1928Adam West, American actor
1933David McCallum, Scottish actor and singer
1940Paul Williams, American singer-songwriter and actor
1941Cass Elliot, American singer (The Mamas & the Papas, The Mugwumps, and The Big 3) (d. 1974)
1948Jeremy Irons, English actor and singer
1949Twiggy, English model, actress, and singer
1960Mario Batali, American chef 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.