September 25

In 1957, Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas became integrated with the help of the U.S. Army. The “Little Rock Nine” were a group of African American students to tried to enroll at the high school. The governor of Arkansas, Orville Faubus used the National Guard of Arkansas to prevent their attendance. President Eisenhower federalized the National Guard and also called in troops of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to escort the students into the school.

The Twist, sung by Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans), hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 1960.  Checker introduced the song at the Rainbow Club in Wildwood, NJ in July. The Twist became a national smash and Checker made many appearances on American Bandstand. Checker later lamented that the song cause him to become known as a “dance singer” that would eventually hurt his career.

The first “Tommy John” surgery was performed in 1974. The procedure is an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction where a ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from another part of the body. The first procedure was done on Tommy John, a pitcher in the major leagues. It became so successful that it is now considered a fairly common procedure or baseball pitchers. Tommy John won 124 games before the surgery and 164 after, retiring at age 46 in 1989.

Birthdays Today

1915Ethel Rosenberg, American spy (d. 1953)
1917Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2007)
1929Barbara Walters, American journalist, producer, and author
1944Michael Douglas, American actor and producer
1947Cheryl Tiegs, American model and actress
1952Christopher Reeve, American actor, producer, and activist (d. 2004)
1961Heather Locklear, American actress and producer

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.