Today is Friday, May 9, the 129th day of 2014. There are 236 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
The Fine Arts Council of Troy held its annual art exhibit recently at the Bradford County Library.
A balloon launched recently from a school in Toronto, Canada found its way to Ulster the same day. Flossie Troutwine found the balloon, which was sent up as part of the Inner City Angels 11th annual balloon race.
Lisa Stolarski of Ulster was presented with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award at the recently held Mansfield University Act 101 Program Advisory Board.
50 years ago - 1964
Mrs. H. Everett Sandford, president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Women's Clubs, has announced that the judging has been completed and the state winners have been selected in the 1963-64 contest of the Community Improvement Program.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Towanda American Legion Auxiliary held recently, the Membership Committee reported a total of 197 paid members. This is far over the quota for the year.
The Troy Area Cancer Fund, under this year's chairman Beth Newell, stands at a little over $900.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1754, a political cartoon in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette depicted a snake cut into eight pieces, each section representing a part of the American colonies; the caption read, "JOIN, or DIE."
In 1814, the Jane Austen novel "Mansfield Park" was first published in London.
In 1945, U.S. officials announced that a midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
In 1951, the U.S. conducted its first thermonuclear experiment as part of Operation Greenhouse by detonating a 225-kiloton device on Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific nicknamed "George."
In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. (The committee ended up adopting three articles of impeachment against the president, who resigned before the full House took up any of them.)
In 1994, South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.
Ten years ago: A bomb planted by Caucasus rebels destroyed the VIP section at a stadium during a Victory Day celebration in the Chechen capital of Grozny, killing some two dozen people, including the province's president, Akhmad Kadyrov (kuh-DEE'-ruhv).
Five years ago: Pakistani warplanes pounded the Taliban-held Swat Valley in what the country's prime minister called a "war of the country's survival."
One year ago: Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who had irked Washington with his frequent criticism of U.S. military operations in his country, said his government was ready to let U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after the withdrawal of most foreign forces in 2014.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Billy Joel is 65. Rock singer-musician Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) is 64. Singer Dave Gahan (GAHN) (Depeche Mode) is 52. Rapper Ghostface Killah is 44. Rock singer Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan) is 35. Actress Rosario Dawson is 35. TV personality Audrina Patridge is 29.
Thought for Today: "A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch." - From "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen (1775-1817).