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In 1991, The Societ Union recognized the independence of the three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The Soviets controlled these nations from the early 1940s during World War II. Estonia and Latvia have a sizable number of Russian-speaking people within their borders, while Latvia has fewer that 5% Russian-speaking people. In June 1940 the Red Army occupied all the Balkan states and they were incorporated into the Soviet Union. The last Russian troops were withdrawn from the region in 1994.

Cal Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive baseball game for the Baltimore Orioles in 1995 and broke Lou Gehrig’s record that stood for 56 years. Ripken voluntarily ended his streak at 2,632 in 1998. Ripken played for the Orioles for all of his 21-year career. His #8 has been retired by the club and Ripken was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

The funeral of Princess Diana took place in 1997. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey in London and began at 9:08 in the morning with the departure of the funeral cortège that began at Kensington Palace. The Union Jack was lowered to half mast and after the ceremony, Diana was laid to rest at Althorn. Two thousand people attended the ceremony at Westminster Abbey while Britain’s television audience was over 32 million and about 2 billion people watch worldwide.

1937Jo Anne Worley, American actress
1947Jane Curtin, American actress
1958Jeff Foxworthy, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
1962Chris Christie, American politician, 55th Governor of New Jersey

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.