Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 19, 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member, Clayton Hartwig, had deliberately sparked the blast, but later said there was no proof of that.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Neighborhood children came to the Wyalusing Museum recently for a chance to win a stuffed toy bear by suggesting a name for the museum's latest acquisition.
Everyone pitched in to make the Sullivan County Country-Western Music Jamboree at the Dushore American Legion a success recently.
The Northeast Bradford High School Student Council is sponsoring a series of activities in observance of Drug and Alcohol Prevention Week.
75 years ago - 1939
Athens will be the mecca for more than 1,500 Legionnaires and their families from five counties of the 15th Pennsylvania District, when the annual district convention convenes.
The Beethoven Club was entertained recently by Mrs. John Crocker, who was assisted by Miles Gertrude Grantier.
Pennamite Council of Girl Scouts held a joint meeting of counselors and leaders at the Presbyterian.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
Ten years ago: A Russian rocket roared into space carrying an American, a Russian and a Dutchman to the international space station on the third manned mission since the halt of the U.S. shuttle program.
Five years ago: The Summit of the Americas wrapped up in Trinidad and Tobago; afterward, President Barack Obama held a news conference in which he defended his brand of world politics, saying he "strengthens our hand" by reaching out to enemies of the United States.
One year ago: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody after a manhunt that had left the city virtually paralyzed; his older brother and alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Tamerlan (TAM'-ehr-luhn), was killed earlier in a furious attempt to escape police.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Ashley Judd is 46. Actor James Franco is 36. Actress Kate Hudson is 35. Actor Hayden Christensen is 33. Actor Courtland Mead is 27. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 27.
Thought for Today: "The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust." - Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author (1899-1973).