Today is Thursday, June 26, the 177th day of 2014. There are 188 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 26, 1974, the supermarket price scanner made its debut in Troy, Ohio, as a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum costing 67 cents and bearing a Uniform Product Code (UPC) was scanned by Marsh Supermarket cashier Sharon Buchanan for customer Clyde Dawson. (The barcoded package of gum, never chewed, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
A crowd of more than 1,200 attended True Value-GMC Truck Country Showdown held at the Troy Fairgrounds recently.
New American Red Cross Standard First Aid courses were recently taught at Papermagic Company in Troy by instructor Rebecca Polly.
Students at the Troy Middle School recently constructed two large picnic tables for the outdoors during lunch periods.
50 years ago - 1964
The ninth annual commencement exercises of Northeast Bradford High School were held with 61 receiving their high school diplomas.
Frontier Days were recently held in Towanda and were entertaining and enjoyable.
75 years ago - 1939
The Pennamite Council will present two Towanda Girl Scouts, Elizabeth Beirne and Janice Snell, the greatest honor of the Girl Scout organization, the Golden Eaglet.
A.C. Blackwell of Burlington and Mrs. Hattie Allen of Towanda were awarded the prizes at the Old People's Day observance.
A Sunspot glider operated by Nelson Shapter of Buffalo, landed on the W. J. Fitzgerald farm recently, competing in the gliding contest that opened in Elmira, N.Y.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, New Jersey's Boardwalk was opened to the public.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.
In 1944, the Republican national convention opened in Chicago with a keynote speech by California Governor Earl Warren. In an unusual Major League Baseball experiment, the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees played a three-way (or "tri-cornered") exhibition game at the Polo Grounds to benefit war bonds. (Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.)
In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean War.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city's residents, declaring: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner).
In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty may be imposed for murderers who committed their crimes as young as age 16, and for mentally retarded killers as well.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush won support from the 25-nation European Union for an initial agreement to help train Iraq's armed forces.
Five years ago: Los Angeles County medical examiners performed an autopsy on the remains of pop star Michael Jackson a day following his death at age 50.
One year ago: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd; less than two hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut Hernandez.
Today's Birthdays: Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 45. MLB All-Star Derek Jeter is 40. Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 40. Rock musician Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 35. Pop-rock singer-musician Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 35. Actress-singer Jennette McCurdy is 22. Actress-singer Ariana Grande (TV: "Victorious") is 21.
Thought for Today: "Nothing is improbable until it moves into the past tense." - George Ade, American writer (1866-1944).