September 9

Elvis Presley appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. One of the myths about the performance was that he was only shown on television from the waist up. Not true. Ed Sullivan was not able to host this show because of a serious automobile accident and Charles Laughton hosted instead. Elvis sang Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Ready Teddy, and a short version of Hound Dog. Elvis would make two more appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show on October 26, 1956 and on January 6, 1957.

Hurricane Betsy made its second landfall in 1965 near New Orleans causing the deaths of 76 people and $1.42 billion worth of damage (over $10 billion today). Southern Florida and Louisiana were hardest hit, while lesser effects were felt in the Bahamas and as far inland as the Ohio River Valley. The U.S. Weather Bureau has retired the name Betsy as a name for hurricanes.

The prison riot at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, NY, began in 1971. About 1,000 of the inmates rebelled and took 42 guards and staff hostage. During the four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to 28 prisoner demands, but did not agree to amnesty for the rebelling prisoners. Governor Nelson Rockefeller sent the state police to take back the facility that resulted in the killing of 43 people including ten correctional officers and staff and 33 inmates.

Birthdays Today

1923Cliff Robertson, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2011)
1941Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1967)attica
1949Joe Theismann, American football player and sportscaster
1960Hugh Grant, English actor and producer

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.