Today is Monday, March 31, the 90th day of 2014. There are 275 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1814, Paris was occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of Emperor Napoleon.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
The annual Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce dinner was held recently at the Guthrie Inn with special guest Phil Jordan, a psychic from Candor, N.Y.
The local rock band Rock Bottom played a stone concert to a small but enthusiastic crowed of youngsters recently for the Keystone Theatre Restoration Project.
The Troy Webelos, Den 2, Pack 30, worked toward earning an engineering badge by touring Frontier Industrial Technology, owned by Jerry Forbes in the Colonial Plaza in Towanda recently.
50 years ago - 1964
Howard C. Allis of Athens, sealer of weights and measures for Bradford County, reports that during 1963, 336 places of business in the county having weighing and measuring devices were visited at least once, some many more times.
The South Waverly Council will meet to discuss the route proposed for the Southern Tier Expressway between Nichols and Waverly as this will affect the merchants of South Waverly.
The annual spring concert of the Towanda High School Band will be held.
75 years ago - 1939
"The Contribution of the American Form of Government to Democracy," is the subject of the essay contest which the American Legion sponsored.
Captain Joseph Schmucker of Williamsport held a lecture at the Laceyville High School on the subject, "Evils of Marijuana."
Dr. A.E. Dann, one of Canton's prominent physicians, has announced himself as a candidate for nomination to the office of Bradford County Coroner on the Republican ticket.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.
In 1914, Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz was born in Mexico City.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps.
In 1943, "Oklahoma!," the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.
In 1949, Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) entered confederation as Canada's tenth province.
In 1953, Stanley Kubrick's first feature, a war drama titled "Fear and Desire," premiered in New York.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not seek re-election.
In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)
In 1986, 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico.
In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was accidentally shot to death during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, N.C., when he was hit by a bullet fragment that had been lodged inside a prop gun. "Star Dust" lyricist Mitchell Parish, 92, died in New York.
In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
In 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.
Ten years ago: Four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; frenzied crowds dragged the burned, mutilated bodies and strung two of them from a bridge.
Five years ago: Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel's new prime minister after the Knesset approved his government.
One year ago: Pope Francis marked Christianity's most joyous day at the Vatican with a passionate plea for world peace as he celebrated his first Easter Sunday as pontiff.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Chamberlain is 80. Actress Shirley Jones is 80. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 74. Actor Christopher Walken is 71. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 69. Former Vice President Al Gore is 66. Author David Eisenhower is 66. Actress Rhea Perlman is 66. Actor Ed Marinaro is 64. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 59. Actor Marc McClure is 57. Actor William McNamara is 49. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 43. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 43. Rapper Tony Yayo is 36. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 30. Actress Jessica Szohr is 29.
Thought for Today: "El hombre no habla porque piensa sino que piensa porque habla." (Man does not speak because he thinks, he thinks because he speaks.) - Octavio Paz (1914-1998).