Today is Tuesday, April 29, the 119th day of 2014. There are 246 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 29, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
Glancing Backward Locally:
50 years ago - 1964
Charles W. DeWitt of Towanda, Bradford County schools superintendent has been cited by the State Department of Public instruction in recognition of distinguished contributions to the advancement of education.
Under the direction of the new officers of the Towanda Elks Lodge #2191, five candidates were initiated into the local lodge as new members.
Over 600 persons, often three generations in one family, attended the Bradford County Elementary School exhibits on display at the Central Elementary Joint school.
75 years ago - 1939
The opening of the new Greyhound Post House on Route 6 at East Towanda, took place recently.
Sponsored by the Sayre-Athens club, a Troy Lions Club was organized with 26 charter members at a meeting held in the Troy Hotel.
Thomas Wilt and Virginia Lintern will represent Towanda High School band at the Stand Band Festival to be held in Lancaster.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a French victory over the English.
In 1798, Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" was rehearsed in Vienna, Austria, before an invited audience.
In 1861, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 53-13 against seceding from the Union. In Montgomery, Ala., President Jefferson Davis asked the Confederate Congress for the authority to wage war.
In 1913, Swedish-born engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J., received a U.S. patent for a "separable fastener" - later known as the zipper.
In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau (DAH'-khow) concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz (DUHR'-nihtz) president.
In 1946, 28 former Japanese officials went on trial in Tokyo as war criminals; seven ended up being sentenced to death.
In 1957, the SM-1, the first military nuclear power plant, was dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In 1968, the counterculture musical "Hair" opened on Broadway following limited engagements off-Broadway.
In 1983, Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.
In 1992, rioting resulting in 55 deaths erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.
In 2011, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an opulent ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney met behind closed doors with the September 11 commission; afterward, Bush said he'd told the panel his administration tried to protect America from terrorists as warnings grew before the devastating attack of 2001.
Five years ago: During a prime-time news conference marking his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama said that waterboarding authorized by former President George W. Bush was torture and that the information it gained from terror suspects could have been obtained by other means.
One year ago: Opening statements took place in Los Angeles in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert giant AEG Live, claiming it failed to properly investigate a doctor who'd cared for Jackson and was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his 2009 death. (The jury determined in October 2013 that AEG Live was not liable.)
Today's Birthdays: Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff is 76. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 60. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 57. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 56. Actress Uma Thurman is 44. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 44. Rapper Master P is 44. Actress Megan Boone (TV: "The Blacklist") is 31. Actress-model Taylor Cole is 30. Actor Zane Carney is 29. Pop singer Amy Heidemann (Karmin) is 28. Pop singer Foxes is 25.
Thought for Today: "An intellectual hatred is the worst." - William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939).