Today is Thursday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2014. There are 272 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 3, 1974, deadly tornadoes began hitting wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; within a 24-hour period, more than 300 fatalities resulted from what became known as the Super Outbreak.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
About 210 people of all ages, walked for the hungry, during the 1989 CROP Walk.
Many visitors who came to the "Variety Show 89," at the Northeast High School gymnasium, commented that the show far exceeded their expectations.
50 years ago - 1964
A large group from Towanda and other communities attended the Robinson Maple Syrup farm tour sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Wood of Liberty Corners recently received a letter from their daughter, Elaine who residents at Tanana, Alaska, advising them that she and her husband Robert Mitchell, came through last weekend's earthquake unscathed.
The Heart Fund Drive in Orwell Township brought in $120.71 according the chairman, Mrs. Glenn E. Fod, of Orwell Grange No. 1561.
75 years ago - 1939
The Camptown chapter of the Future Farmer's of America sponsored a father and son banquet which was held with most of the boys in the department of vocational agriculture entertaining their fathers by bringing them to the banquet.
Ray Chilson recently brought to The Daily Review office an issue of The Towanda Daily Review bearing the date of Wednesday, July 26, 1882.
Four Valley bridge experts went to Syracuse recently to compete in a tournament at the Hotel Syracuse and two of them came home carrying honors. They were Clara Stivers of Sayre and Ruth Personious of Waverly who took second place also Don Kirland and Jay Bullman did well but did not manage to capture a prize.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1776, George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College.
In 1860, the legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.)
In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of James' gang.
In 1913, British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst was sentenced to three years in jail for inciting supporters to bomb the home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George. (Pankhurst, known for staging hunger strikes in prison, was repeatedly released and reincarcerated, serving roughly 30 days total behind bars.)
In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J. for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.
In 1968, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "mountaintop" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers.
In 1973, the first handheld portable telephone was demonstrated for reporters on a New York City street corner as Motorola executive Martin Cooper called Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.
In 1996, an Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and American business executives crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.
Ten years ago: Surrounded by police, five suspects in the Madrid railway bombings blew themselves up in a building outside the Spanish capital, also killing a special forces agent.
Five years ago: An ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, Jiverly Wong, opened fire inside an immigrant community center in Binghamton, N.Y., killing 13 people, most of them immigrants, before taking his own life. The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously legalized gay marriage.
One year ago: Palestinian militants launched several rockets into southern Israel and Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip in the heaviest exchange of fire between the sides since a cease-fire ended a major flare-up the previous year.
Today's Birthdays: Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 84. Actor Eric Braeden is 73. Singer Wayne Newton is 72. Folk-rock singer Richard Thompson is 65. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 64. Blues singer-guitarist Rock musician Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 58. Actor Alec Baldwin is 56. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 55. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 53. Rock singer-musician Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 52. Rock singer Sebastian Bach is 46. Rock musician James MacDonough is 44. Olympic gold medal ski racer Picabo Street is 43. Actress Jennie Garth is 42. Actor Adam Scott is 41. Actress Cobie Smulders is 32. Rock-pop singer Leona Lewis is 29. Actress Amanda Bynes is 28.
Thought for Today: "Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries." - Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (1883-1955).