On March 3, 1973, Assemblyman John V. Briggs from the 35th District presented a California Legislative Resolution proclaiming the third Monday of March of every year as Teachers’ Day to Dr. Martin E. Hebeling (center) and President John W. Casey (right). A staff member at Fullerton College, Hebeling served as Executive Director of the National Teachers’ Hall of Fame Foundation in Anaheim. Briggs was a highly controversial figure and is best known for sponsoring Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, in 1978, which attempted to remove all homosexual and lesbian school employees—and any public school employee who supported gay rights—from their jobs. The measure was soundly defeated by California voters, and even lost in Briggs’ own Orange County. In the 2008 film Milk, Harvey Milk (1930-1978), California’s first openly gay elected official, is shown debating Briggs in Fullerton, but the event never occurred, although the two men did spar on other occasions.