Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2014. There are 344 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 21, 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton (GRAH'-tuhn), Conn., as first lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the vessel with the traditional bottle of champagne broken against the bow. (However, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Members of the Athens High School Scholarship Challenge Team tried out newly purchased scholarship game buzzers that have been donated to the school by Athens High School Blue and White Club.
Paul D. Hitchcock of Myersburg was elected a worshipful master, succeeding Frank H. Hoffman of Towanda and a recent meeting of the LeRay Lodge No. 471, F&AM, LeRaysville.
Members of the Franklin Township Fire Company met at their regular monthly meeting to get plans underway for the 'Firemen of the Year' Award dinner to be held.
50 years ago - 1964
A meeting of the Towanda High School Class of 1944 was held at the home of Mrs. Clayton M. Maryott and made plans for the class reunion to be held in the summer.
Towanda Borough Council at a special meeting ordered 1500 feet of fire hose to replace the hose that was ruined in the big fire of New Year's Eve.
Dr. Richard B. Ganley of Sayre was elected president and Richard Marvin, supervising principal of Athens School was named secretary of the Sayre Sportsmen's Club at the 27th annual banquet of the organization.
75 years ago - 1939
The Junior Girls Friendly Society is preparing a program of music and skits to be presented in the Episcopal parish rooms in Towanda.
A new co-starring team of Wallace Berry makes the first appearance in "Stand Up and Fight." The picture will be shown for the next three days at the Keystone Theatre in Towanda.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners whose states had seceded from the Union resigned from the U.S. Senate.
In 1908, New York City's Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance prohibiting women from smoking in public (the measure was vetoed two weeks later by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr.).
In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, was found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who proclaimed his innocence, served less than four years in prison.)
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
In 1982, convict-turned-author Jack Henry Abbott was found guilty in New York of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of waiter Richard Adan in 1981. (Abbott was later sentenced to 15 years to life in prison; he committed suicide in 2002.)
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush visited community colleges in Ohio and Arizona, where he highlighted the economy and several new job-training initiatives he'd proposed a day earlier in his State of the Union speech. The recording industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet.
Five years ago: In a whirlwind first full day in office, President Barack Obama showcased efforts to revive the economy, summoned top military officials to chart a new course in Iraq and eased into the daunting thicket of Middle East diplomacy.
One year ago: A day after being inaugurated for a second term in a private Sunday ceremony, President Barack Obama took a public oath, summoning a divided nation to act with "passion and dedication" to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Ann Wedgeworth is 80. Singer Mac Davis is 72. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 67. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is 63. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 61. Actress Geena Davis is 58. Rock musician Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 44. Rock singer-songwriter Cat Power is 42. Rock DJ Chris Kilmore (Incubus) is 41. Singer Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 38. Actor Jerry Trainor is 37.
Thought for Today: "Would to God that we might spend a single day really well." - Thomas a Kempis, German monk and author (c. 1380-1471).