Today is Sunday, June 15, the 166th day of 2014. There are 199 days left in the year. This is Father's Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 15, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground which became Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Approximately 20 persons were on hand recently as Monroe Borough Council members met in a special session to decide the fate of the skateboard issue and fill the vacancy on the board.
Students at Towanda Middle School received awards for their excellence in woodworking. They were Matt Waver, Joel Pepper, Scott Seymour, Shana Smith and Julia Lewis.
The Tri-County Regents Club of the Pennsylvania State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, met recently for their annual Flag Day luncheon at the Vets Club in Troy.
50 years ago - 1964
Franklin Fire Co. of Towanda successfully defended its Penn-York Firemen's Association championship at the association's convention held recently.
Gary Goodstal of Monroeton was among 1365 engineers and scientists to receive a bachelor of science degree at Indiana University.
75 years ago - 1939
Sayre Lodge of Elks held its annual Flag Day exercises on the Ingersoll Rand athletic field with a large attendance.
Towanda residents are paying an annual bill in excess of $4,000 for entertaining that most unwelcome guest, the common rat. This is the estimate of the Bureau of Biological Survey, which is pushing a nation wide anti-rat campaign.
A Vacation Bible School for all children of the Wyalusing community was held in the Methodist Church. The enrollment on the first day was sixty one.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1215, England's King John put his seal to Magna Carta ("the Great Charter") at Runnymede.
In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.
In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state.
In 1849, James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1902, the 20th Century Limited, an express passenger train between New York and Chicago, began service. (The Limited made its last run in December 1967.)
In 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York's East River.
In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act making the National Guard part of the U.S. Army in the event of war or national emergency.
In 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan (sy-PAN') during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses carried out their first raids on Japan.
In 1962, Students for a Democratic Society issued the Port Huron Statement at the conclusion of a five-day convention in Michigan.
In 1978, King Hussein (hoo-SAYN') of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.
Ten years ago: The Southern Baptist Convention quit a global federation of Baptist denominations during a meeting in Indianapolis as SBC leaders denounced the Baptist World Alliance and other groups for accepting liberal theology.
Five years ago: Gen. Stanley McChrystal took charge of nearly 90,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
One year ago: Wild celebrations broke out in Tehran and other cities as reformist-backed Hassan Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency.
Today's Birthdays: Rock singer Steve Walsh (Kansas) is 63. Comedian-actor Jim Belushi is 60. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs is 56. Actress Helen Hunt is 51. Actress Courteney Cox is 50. Actor-rapper Ice Cube is 45. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is 41. Rock singer Dryden Mitchell (Alien Ant Farm) is 38. Rock musician Billy Martin (Good Charlotte) is 33. Actor Denzel Whitaker is 24.
Thought for Today: "In trying to make something new, half the undertaking lies in discovering whether it can be done. Once it has been established that it can, duplication is inevitable." - Helen Gahagan Douglas, U.S. Representative (1900-1980).