The USS Nautilus was commissioned in 1954 as the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. It was the first sub to complete a submerged trip to the North Pole in 1958. The sub was named in honor of the submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and an earlier USS Nautilus. Because of her atomic power, the Nautilus was able to establish many records for submarines. The ship was decommissioned in 1980 and designated a National Landmark in 1982. The Nautilus is located in a museum of naval history in Groton, Connecticut.
Actor James Dean died in a car accident in 1955. Dean had become an icon among teens and starred in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955), and Giant (released in 1956). He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award and the American Film Institute ranked him as the 18th best male movie star in their 100 Year’s List. Dean had acquired a 1955 Porsche Super Speedster and fell in love with racing. Dean was driving in his Porsche 550 Spyder at about 85 mph on the night of his accident when he crashed head-on with another car. He has broken his neck and was pronounced dead on arrival at Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital.
In 1972, Roberto Clemente, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, recorded his 3,000th hit of his major league career. Born in Puerto Rico, Clemente was the NL MVP in 1966, was voted to the All-Star team 15 times, was a 12-time Gold Glove winner, and four time batting champ. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Pirates have retired his #12. In 1972, Clemente died while accompanying a relief flight going to help the survivors of an earthquake in Nicaragua. His body was never recovered. The Roberto Clement Award is given annually to the player who is an outstanding player and who is personally involved in charity work. Carlos Beltran won this award in 2013.
1924 – Truman Capote, American author (d. 1984)
1928 – Elie Wiesel, Romanian-American holocaust survivor and author, Nobel Prize laureate
1931 – Angie Dickinson, American actress
1935 – Johnny Mathis, American singer-songwriter and actor
1957 – Fran Drescher, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
1964 – Monica Bellucci, Italian model and actress
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.