Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2014. There are 341 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 24, 1942, the Roberts Commission placed much of the blame for America's lack of preparedness for Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
At a recent meeting the Sullivan County Commissioners adopted the Local Option Small Games of Change Act, Act 156, signed by Gov. Robert Casey on Dec. 19.
A record attendance of 149 members of the Towanda Area Senior Citizens Club met for the group's regular covered dish dinner and guest speaker the Rev. Emma Kerchmeier.
Members of the St. Agnes School's basketball cheerleading squad rehearsed a routine for one of its school's upcoming games.
50 years ago - 1964
Sullivan County was listed among the top ten counties in the state in sales of U.S. Savings Bond during 1963.
Towanda to be represented on the March of Dimes Telethon this year by Johnny Williams and his group of accordionists of the Knapp School of Music.
In her annual report to the trustees of the Towanda Public Library recently, the librarian, Mrs. Mark Hagerman, expressed her appreciation to the Junior Women's Club for conducting the weekly story hour.
75 years ago - 1939
Eight women, all residents of Towanda, compose the membership of the first class in the driving school which got under way recently. The ages of the students range from 25-56.
Burgess C.S. Lilley said recently his warning in a recent Review had the desired effect. Many shoveled their sidewalks and when the Chief of Police made his inspection in the afternoon he found only a half dozen who had not.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1742, Charles VII was elected Holy Roman Emperor during the War of the Austrian Succession.
In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of '49.
In 1908, the Boy Scouts movement began in England under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.
In 1924, the Russian city of Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg) was renamed Leningrad in honor of the late revolutionary leader. (However, it has since been renamed St. Petersburg.)
In 1939, at least 28,000 people were killed by an earthquake that devastated the city of Chillan in Chile.
In 1961, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed near Goldsboro, N.C., dropping its payload of two nuclear bombs, neither of which went off; three crew members were killed.
In 1963, a U.S. Air Force B-52 on a training mission crashed into Elephant Mountain in Maine after encountering turbulence and losing its vertical stabilizer; seven of the nine crew members were killed.
In 1978, a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which boasted a built-in 9-inch monochrome display, a clock rate of 8 megahertz and 128k of RAM.
In 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida's electric chair.
Ten years ago: Howard Dean sharply questioned John Kerry's judgment on Iraq as Democratic presidential rivals raced through a final weekend of campaigning before the New Hampshire primary. NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars, arriving at the Red Planet exactly three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit.
Five years ago: Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who'd safely landed a crippled US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River, received a hero's homecoming in Danville, Calif. President Barack Obama met with his economic advisers after asking Americans to support his economic package as a way to better schools, lower electricity bills and health coverage for millions who lose insurance. Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America, the first winner from the Hoosier State.
One year ago: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the lifting of a ban on women serving in combat. In Chicago, David Coleman Headley, an American drug dealer who had faced life in prison, was sentenced instead to 35 years for helping plan the deadly 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India - a punishment prosecutors said reflected his broad cooperation with U.S. investigators.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Jerry Maren ("The Wizard of Oz") is 95. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 73. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 63. Bandleader-musician Jools Holland is 56. Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 51. Blues/rock singer Beth Hart is 42. Actor Ed Helms is 40. Actress Tatyana Ali is 35. Rock musician Mitchell Marlow (Filter) is 35. Actress Mischa Barton is 28.
Thought for Today: "God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends." - Addison Mizner, American architect (1872-1933).