September 28

In 1954, quarterback Norm Van Brocklin established the record for most yards gained passing by throwing for 554 yards. He played for the Los Angeles Rams and the game was against the New York Yanks. Warren Moon and Matt Schaub are tied for second place, each throwing 527 yards in a single game. Van Brocklin was drafted by the Rams in the fourth round in 1949. He won two NFL championships with the Rams in 1951 and then with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960. Van Brocklin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

Dr. Kildare, the television series, began its run on NBC in 1961. It competed with Ben Casey, another medical drama on ABC television. The show starred Richard Chamberlain as Dr. Kildare working under a senior doctor called Dr. Leonard Gillespie played by Raymond Massey. A total of 190 episodes were produced until the series ended in 1966.

Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser died of a heart attack in 1970. He had been holding a meeting of the Arab League. He was a heavy smoker with a family history of heart disease. Anwar Sadat, who was present at the time of Nasser’s death, became the temporary and then the official head of state. Nasser was the second president of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. During his leadership Egypt became a major power in the developing world. Nasser instituted many socialist policies and Egypt significantly improved economically.

Birthdays Today

1901Ed Sullivan, American television host (d. 1974)
1909Al Capp, American cartoonist (d. 1979)
1916Peter Finch, English-Australian actor (d. 1977)
1924Marcello Mastroianni, Italian-French actor (d. 1996)
1934Brigitte Bardot, French actress and singer

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.