September 21

The television series Perry Mason premiered in 1957 and starred Raymond Burr. The show ran until 1966 on CBS. Author Erle Stanley Gardner created the character and many episodes were based on this writings. The format for each episode was pretty much the same: the first half of the show featured the crime and the second half featured the courtroom proceedings. Major characters in the show included Perry Mason, Della Street (Mason’s secretary), Paul Drake (Mason’s private detective), Hamilton Burger (The DA), and Lieutenant Arthur Tragg (a police homicide detective. The series was set in Los Angeles and 271 episodes were filmed.

Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate to become the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981. She was appointed by President Reagan and served until her retirement in 2006. Previously, O’Connor had been an elected official and judge in Arizona. She had been considered a moderate conservative and in her later years on the Court she was considered a swing vote. President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He replacement on the Supreme Court is Samuel Alito. O’Connor has appeared as a presenter on Jeopardy!

In 2005, Hurricane Rita became the third most intense hurricane in history, but it now resides in fourth place. The storm followed hurricanes Wilma and Katrina during that hurricane season. It formed near the Bahamas on September 18 and made landfall in Texas on September 24. At its peak the winds were recorded at 180 mph. Damage was estimated at $12 billion and as many as 120 deaths were linked to the hurricane. Louisiana was hit hard again due to the storm surge and vast amounts of rainfall.

Birthdays Today

1931Larry Hagman, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2012)
1935 - Henry Gibson, American actor and singer (d. 2009)
1944Fannie Flagg, American actress and author
1947Stephen King, American author and screenwriter
1950Bill Murray, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

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.