September 3

The soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, first aired on CBS in 1951. The last show was on NBC on December 26, 1986 and at the time, it was the longest running non-news show ever on television. 9,130 episodes were produced during its tenure and Proctor and Gamble was its main sponsor. The show changed from black and white to color in 1967. In that same year, Search for Tomorrow switched from live performances to recordings. It was a fifteen-minute show until 1968 when it went to half hour episodes.

In 1954, the People’s Liberation Army of Communist China began shelling the islands of Quemoy, controlled by the Republic of China (Taiwan). This became known as the First Taiwan Strait Crisis. Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang government had evacuated the mainland in 1949 and established a government on the island of Formosa. The constant maneuvering over these islands has kept alive the tension between these two nations.

The nation of Qatar became an independent state in 1971. It is located on the Qatar Peninsula in the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia is the only neighbor that shares a border. It population is about 1.8 million. Before the discovery of oil, Qatar was most known for pearly hunting. Following Ottoman rule, the area was a British protectorate. It is the richest nation in the world measured by per capita income ($102,000). Qatar contains the third largest natural gas reserves and over 25 billion barrels of oil reserves. Qatar is scheduled to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Birthdays Today

1913Alan Ladd, American actor and producer (d. 1964)
1923Mort Walker, American cartoonist
1931Albert DeSalvo, American serial killer (d. 1973)
1963Malcolm Gladwell, Canadian journalist 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.