Today is Sunday, March 30, the 89th day of 2014. There are 276 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously wounded outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded in the attack were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
At a meeting of the Sullivan County School Board, District Superintendent Jack Shaw reported on the effects the state Tax Reform Act would have on the district if passed.
The Bradford County Commissioners proclaimed April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month in Bradford County."
The Bradford County Dairy Festival will be held in June in Wyalusing. The theme will be "Milk is Fine, Anytime in 89."
75 years ago - 1939
Additional contributions to the China Relief Fund being raised in the Central District of Bradford County were acknowledged recently by Mrs. John Jay Moore of Cherry Street, treasurer.
At a regular meeting of the Musical Society held at the home of Mrs. R.G.C. Jones a delightful program with a theme of "Melody and Counterpoint" was given.
The building occupied by Miss Mary Adams for a variety store for a number of years will be occupied by Joseph Grimm as a show shop, when Miss Adams retires from business.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1822, Florida became a United States territory.
In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million.
In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union.
In 1945, the Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.
In 1959, a narrowly divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Bartkus v. Illinois, ruled that a conviction in state court following an acquittal in federal court for the same crime did not constitute double jeopardy.
In 1974, the Ramones' first concert took place at Performance Studio in New York.
Ten years ago: In a reversal, President George W. Bush agreed to let National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice testify publicly and under oath before an independent panel investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry, rejecting turnaround plans from General Motors and Chrysler and raising the prospect of controlled bankruptcy for either ailing auto giant.
One year ago: North Korea warned Seoul the Korean Peninsula was in "a state of war" and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that was the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Warren Beatty is 77. Rock musician Graeme Edge (The Moody Blues) is 73. Rock musician Eric Clapton is 69. Rap artist MC Hammer is 51. Singer Tracy Chapman is 50. Actor Ian Ziering is 50. TV personality Piers Morgan is 49. Singer Celine Dion is 46. Singer Norah Jones is 35. Actress Katy Mixon is 33. Actor Jason Dohring is 32. Country singer Justin Moore is 30.
Thought for Today: "In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby." - Alistair Cooke (1908-2004).