September 4

In 1957, the Little Rock crisis escalated when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent black students from entering Little Rock High School. Later in September, President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to Little Rock and federalized the Arkansas National Guard, thus taking it way from the control of Governor Faubus. The nine African American students were then able to enter the school, only to face physical and verbal harassment.

The Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel to the American public in 1957. The Edsel was made for three model years from 1958-1960, but the car sold poorly. The car was named for Edsel Ford, the son of the company’s founder, Henry Ford. The Ford company even called September 4 “E Day” as the day for the big announcement and even had a promotional television show for the car on October 13. Apparently few consumers loved the front grille on the Edsel which was called a “horse collar” or toilet seat.” Ford sold 63,110 Edsels during the first year, Sales fell to 44,891 in the second year, and in 1960 only 2,846 cars were produced. The name Edsel became synonymous with failure.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, students at Stanford University, founded Google in 1998. The company specializes in Internet-related services and products. The company went public in 2004 and its unofficial slogan is “Don’t be evil.” The headquarters is located in Mountain View, California and is nicknamed the “Googleplex.” The company employs over 52,000 workers and their total equity is more than $87 billion. Originally famous for their search engine, Google has become a very diversified company with Gmail, Google Docs, Chromebooks, and YouTube.

Birthdays Today

1917Henry Ford II, American businessman (d. 1987)
1918Paul Harvey, American radio host (d. 2009)
1920Craig Claiborne, American journalist, author, and critic (d. 2000)
1928Dick York, American actor (d. 1992)
1931Mitzi Gaynor, American actress, singer, and dancer
1949Tom Watson, American golfer

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.