Today is Palm Sunday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2014. There are 262 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his performance in "Lilies of the Field." (Patricia Neal was named best actress for "Hud"; best picture went to "Tom Jones.")
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Sullivan County's Key Club President Eric Silverstrim said the Key Club, which is the most active club in the high school, placed fourth among the schools at a recent convention.
As part of Bradford County's observance of Local Government Week, 24 area high school students became officials for the day in a special program hosted by the county officials.
Clint Nichols, of Troy placed third at the state level in Computer Applications for Business. Nichols is one of 13 members of Troy High School's Future Business Leaders of America.
50 years ago - 1964
National Library Week will be observed by Spalding Memorial Library in Athens. Many new and interesting books have been added recently bringing the total available to over 23,000 volumes.
County Supt. Charles W. DeWitt announced recently that Miss Elizabeth Holst of the Sayre Area High School was the high Bradford County scorer in the State Scholarship Exam conducted recently.
During the last regular weekly meeting of the Monroeton Fire School, the class had its first chance to practice what it has been learning outside.
75 years ago - 1939
Sayre High School and Camptown High School will each have an entry in the Northeastern District Forensic Contest to be held in Wilkes-Barre.
Winter recently staged a comeback that gave spring goose pimples.
The Wyalusing Rainbow Club sponsored its first egg hunt recently with about 350 children hunting for 300 colored eggs which were hidden.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1742, Handel's "Messiah" had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland.
In 1992, the Great Chicago Flood took place as the city's century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River.
Ten years ago: Conceding a couple of "tough weeks in Iraq," President George W. Bush signaled he was ready to put more American troops on the front lines and use decisive force if necessary to restore order despite "gut-wrenching" televised images of fallen Americans.
Five years ago: Harry Kalas, whose "Outta here!" home run calls thrilled Philadelphia baseball fans, died after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies' 9-8 victory over the Nationals in Washington; he was 73.
One year ago: Hundreds of opponents of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher partied in London's Trafalgar Square to celebrate her death, sipping Champagne and chanting "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead."
Today's Birthdays: Singer Al Green is 68. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is 42. Actress Allison Williams (TV: "Girls") is 26. Actress Hannah Marks is 21.
Thought for Today: "Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better." - Samuel Beckett, Irish playwright and author (born this date in 1906, died in 1989).