Today is Tuesday, April 8, the 98th day of 2014. There are 267 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in Jan. 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in Dec. 1865.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
About 39 students at the Springfield Elementary School who have spent many months reading books were rewarded with a pizza party recently.
Thirteen people correctly identified the wildlife that was recently displayed at the Bradford County Library during National Wildlife Week.
Gary Goeckel, last year's Rev-Up 1988 Festival chairman, presented a check on behalf of the Towanda Area Chamber Revitalization Committee to Carl Lafy, secretary of the Towanda Area Joint Municipal Airport Authority.
50 years ago - 1964
The Bradford County Disaster Committee met recently to survey and report to the Pennsylvania State Disaster Committee the extent of the damage caused by the recent flood and ice storm.
Troy was well represented and achieved fine honors at the Northeast Junior Music Club Festival.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1904, Longacre Square in Manhattan was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
In 1911, an explosion at the Banner Coal Mine in Littleton, Ala., claimed the lives of 128 men, most of them convicts loaned out from prisons.
In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of United States senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified. President Woodrow Wilson became the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person as he asked lawmakers to enact tariff reform. The Republic of China's first parliament convened.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which provided money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration.
In 1946, the League of Nations assembled in Geneva for its final session.
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman seized the American steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The Supreme Court later ruled that Truman had overstepped his authority, opening the way for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.)
In 1961, a suspected bomb exploded aboard the passenger liner MV Dara in the Persian Gulf, causing it to sink; 238 of the 819 people aboard were killed.
In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
In 1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church's national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he'd consorted with a prostitute.
In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
Ten years ago: National security adviser Condoleezza Rice told the September 11 commission "there was no silver bullet" that could have prevented the deadly terror attacks.
Five years ago: Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama; although the crew was able to retake the cargo ship, the captain, Richard Phillips, was taken captive by the raiders and held aboard a lifeboat. (Phillips was rescued four days later by Navy SEAL snipers who shot three of the pirates dead.)
One year ago: President Barack Obama warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter gun regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims during a visit to Hartford, Conn., that he was "determined as ever" to honor their children with tougher laws. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 87, died in London after a stroke.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Peggy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 73. Rock musician Steve Howe is 67. Actor John Schneider is 54. "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch is 53. Rock musician Izzy Stradlin is 52. Actor Dean Norris is 51. Rock singer-musician Donita Sparks is 51. Rapper Biz Markie is 50. Actress Robin Wright is 48. Actress Patricia Arquette is 46. Rock singer Craig Honeycutt (Everything) is 44. Rock musician Darren Jessee is 43. Actress Emma Caulfield is 41. Actress Katee Sackhoff is 34. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 33. Rock singer-musician Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) is 30.
Thought for Today: "The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything." - Susan Sontag, American author and critic (1933-2004).