Seotember 5

In 1960, Muhammad Ali won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He was in the light heavyweight division. As an amateur, Clay won 100 bouts and lost five. Cassius Clay turned professional in October 1960 when he won a six round decision. By late 1963, he became a contender for the heavyweight crown and on February 25, 1964 he knocked out Sonny Liston in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

Lt. William Calley was charged in 1969 with premeditated murder in the deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians. The My Lai massacre had occurred in March 1968 when Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the 23rd Infantry Division invaded the village. Calley claimed that he was following orders from his commanding officer. After a four month trial, Calley was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 1971, his sentence was reduced to twenty years and he would ultimately serve three and on-half years under house arrest at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

The Munich Massacre occurred at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. Eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed along with a German police officer. The Palestinian group known as Black September demanded the release of prisoners held in Israeli and German prisons. Five of the members of Black September were killed in a failed rescue attempt and three members were captured and later released following the hijacking of a Lufthansa airliner. The games were suspended during the crisis and memorial service was held on September 6.

Birthdays Today

1902Darryl F. Zanuck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1979)
1921Jack Valenti, American businessman, created the MPAA film rating system (d. 2007)
1929Bob Newhart, American comedian, actor, singer, and screenwriter
1934Carol Lawrence, American actress and singer
1936Bill Mazeroski, American baseball player
1940Raquel Welch, American actress and singer
1951Michael Keaton, American actor


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.