September 2

In 1963, the CBS Evening News became the first network news show to lengthen its broadcast from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Douglas Edwards was the first CBS anchor and Walter Cronkite took over in 1962. The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC switched to the new length a week later, followed by ABC. In 1966, CBS began broadcasting the CBS Evening News in color.

Mickey Wright won the LPGA World Series of Golf in 1966. Born Mary Wright in 1935, she won 13 major championships and 82 LPGA Tour career events. She was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. Wright was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1963 and 1964. She was the dominant force in women’s gold from 1958 – 1966.

From 1966 – 2010, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raised money during the broadcast for the fight against muscular dystrophy. In 1985, the event raised $33.1 million (73 million in today’s dollars). Today the show is known as the MDA Show of Strength. For its first 44 years, the telethon often ran for as long as 21½ hours and started on the Sunday before Labor Day. In 2011, the telethon was cut back to six hours and parted with Jerry Lewis. The 2014 version raised $52.3 million.

Birthdays Today

1948Terry Bradshaw, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
1948Christa McAuliffe, American educator and astronaut (d. 1986)
1952Jimmy Connors, American tennis player, coach, and sportscaster
1964Keanu Reeves, Lebanese-Canadian actor

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.