Today is Friday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2014. There are 243 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 2, 1908, the original version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," with music by Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Jack Norworth, was published by Von Tilzer's York Music Co.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Troy Middle School students placed second in the "Battle of the Brains" contest held recently at the Arnot Mall in Big Flats, N.Y.
Four young artists in the Athens School district recently achieved success in the local arts scene. They were recognized as winners in a county wide poster contest.
50 years ago - 1964
Two large flags, complete with poles and standards, were presented to Canton High School at an assembly by Gary Kleese, president of the school's National Honor Society.
Miss Aleta Campbell of New Albany was honored by the faculty and staff of the Wyalusing Valley Schools on the occasion of her retirement after more than 35 years of teaching.
Scout Len Ennis, 15, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting's highest rank, recently.
75 years ago - 1939
The Towanda High School band was given a royal reception last evening when it presented a splendid concert in the New Albany High School auditorium.
While clearing some ground on the farm of his father, Fred Stevens found two old coins in Standing Stone. One of the two dated back to 1843.
Peter Champluvier was elected president of Edinger Hill P.T.A.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France, at age 67.
In 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.
In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized.
In 1936, "Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow.
In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
In 1957, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
In 1963, the Children's Crusade began in Birmingham, Ala., as more than 1,000 black schoolchildren skipped classes and marched downtown to protest racial segregation; hundreds were arrested.
In 1972, a fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, claimed the lives of 91 workers who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77.
In 1982, the Weather Channel made its debut.
In 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.
In 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea after a decade on the run.
Ten years ago: American truck driver Thomas Hamill, taken captive three weeks earlier, escaped from his kidnappers in Iraq; that same day, nine U.S. servicemen were killed across the country.
Five years ago: The Dallas Cowboys' tent-like practice structure collapsed during a severe storm in Irving, Texas; a dozen people were hurt, including scouting assistant Rich Behm, who was left paralyzed from the waist down, and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, whose neck was broken.
One year ago: President Barack Obama arrived in Mexico City on his first trip to Latin America since winning re-election.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 78. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 64. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 45. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is 42. Soccer player David Beckham is 39. Pop singer Lily Rose Cooper is 29. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes is 29. Rock musician Jim Almgren (Carolina Liar) is 28. Actress Kay Panabaker is 24.
Thought for Today: "Like ships, men founder time and again." - Henry Miller, American novelist (1891-1980).