Today is Friday, April 11, the 101st day of 2013. There are 264 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as Emperor of the French and was banished to the island of Elba. (Napoleon later escaped from Elba and returned to power in March 1815, until his downfall in the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Towanda Rotary, Rotarian President Al Homan, presented a $500 check on behalf of the Towanda Rotary Club to Bradford County Art Council's Capital Fund Drive chairman Henry Dunn.
Bradford County staff and administrators are among those taking part in this week's observance of Local Government Week.
50 years ago - 1964
The Monroe Borough Council took up the subject of new street signs recently at its monthly meeting.
An excellent exhibit of paintings, loaned by Towanda and vicinity amateur and professional artists, is being arranged at the public library here for inspection during National Library Week.
The North Towanda Methodist congregation honored its church organist, Mrs. Esther Shipman, recently with a covered dish supper.
75 years ago - 1939
Capt. John Beirne of the U.S. Army Reserve Corps was the speaker recently at a meeting of the Towanda Rotary Club at the Universalist Church.
Towanda Borough Council, with every member present, held a lively session recently, disposing of numerous matters of business yet adjourning before 10 p.m.
Contractors resumed work recently on the Wysox-Towanda highway which was started last fall. It is hoped by using a large force of men to have the road completed by June if the weather is favorable.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
In 1899, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.
In 1921, Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax, at 2 cents a package.
In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.
In 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far East.
In 1970, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mission to the moon.
In 1989, Mexican officials began unearthing the remains of victims of a drug-trafficking cult near Matamoros; one of the dead was University of Texas student Mark Kilroy, who had disappeared while on spring break. (Several cult members were later convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.)
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush defended his response to a briefing memo from August 2001 about possible terrorist plots against the United States, saying he was "satisfied that some of the matters were being looked into" and that there were no specific threats against New York and Washington.
Five years ago: A 16-nation Asian summit in Bangkok, Thailand, was canceled after demonstrators stormed the venue.
One year ago: Congress' most serious gun-control effort in years cleared its first hurdle as the Senate pushed past conservatives' attempted blockade, rebuffing 68-31 an effort to keep debate from even starting. (However, proposals for tighter background checks for buyers as well as bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines went down to defeat six days later.)
Today's Birthdays: Rock musician Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is 44. Actor Johnny Messner is 44. Actor Vicellous (vy-SAY'-luhs) Shannon is 43. Rapper David Banner is 40. Rock musician Chris Gaylor (The All-American Rejects) is 35. Actress Kelli Garner is 30. Singer Joss Stone is 27.
Thought for Today: "I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right." - Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (1903-1968).