Today is Wednesday, April 9, the 99th day of 2014. There are 266 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 9, 1914, the Tampico Incident took place as eight U.S. sailors were arrested by Mexican authorities for allegedly entering a restricted area and held for a short time before being released. Although Mexico offered a verbal apology, the U.S. demanded a more formal show of contrition; tensions escalated to the point that President Woodrow Wilson sent a naval task force to invade and occupy Veracruz, which in turn led to the downfall of Mexican President Victoriano Huerta.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
"An Evening at the Library" was held recently at the Towanda Public Library that featured hors d'oeuvres, wine and jazz piano entertainment by Jesse Zalinski. The affair raised money for the library and was well attended.
About 30 individuals participated in a kite workshop held recently at the Bradford County Library which kicks-off National Library Week.
Towanda Lions sponsored "Treasurers of Yesteryear" antique show and sale at the Towanda Area High School and it was noted to be a big hit.
50 years ago - 1964
The fifth and sixth grade junior Sunday School class of the Evergreen Christian Church enjoyed an afternoon party in the church basement.
Six pupils from the Towanda and Wysox Elementary Schools will play in the county band which will perform as a part of the two-county music festival at the Canton High School.
Twenty-nine Wyalusing Cub Scouts of Pack 8 are being enrolled in the Audubon Junior Club during the month of April as part of the month's theme.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
In 1913, the first game was played at Ebbets Field, the newly built home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0.
In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger ended its first mission with a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1996, in a dramatic shift of purse-string power, President Bill Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the veto in 1998.)
In 2005, Britain's Prince Charles married longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.
Ten years ago: Four employees of Halliburton subsidiary KBR were killed in an attack on a fuel truck convoy near Baghdad; a U.S. soldier in the convoy, Sgt. Elmer Krause, was found dead weeks later. Four people went missing, including Army Spec. Keith M. Maupin, whose remains were found in 2008. The body of civilian truck driver William Bradley was found in January 2005; Thomas Hamill escaped his captors in May 2004; Timothy Bell remains unaccounted for.
Five years ago: North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament appointed Kim Jong Il to a third term as leader.
One year ago: Thirteen people were shot to death during a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage in the Serbian village of Velika Ivanca; authorities identified the gunman as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old veteran of the Balkan wars, who took his own life.
Today's Birthdays: Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner is 88. Actor Dennis Quaid is 60. Humorist Jimmy Tingle is 59. Actress-sports reporter Lisa Guerrero is 50. Actor Mark Pellegrino is 49. Actress-model Paulina Porizkova is 49. Actress Cynthia Nixon is 48. Rock singer Kevin Martin (Candlebox) is 45. Rock singer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) is 37. Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 35. Rock musician Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) is 34. Actor Charlie Hunnam is 34. Actor Ryan Northcott is 34. Actor Arlen Escarpeta is 33. Actor Jay Baruchel is 32. Actress Leighton Meester is 28. Actor-singer Jesse McCartney is 27. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazmine Sullivan is 27. Actress Kristen Stewart is 24. Actress Elle Fanning is 16. Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright (TV: "Game of Thrones") is 15. Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho (ee-VAYN'-koh) is 14.
Thought for Today: "The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead." - William C. Menninger, American scientist, physician, engineer (1899-1966).