Today is Sunday, June 29, the 180th day of 2014. There are 185 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 29, 1974, Isabel Martinez de Peron was sworn in as acting president of Argentina, two days before the death of her ailing husband, President Juan Peron.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Green Thumb worker Lillian Gray of Laporte recently browsed through one of the many informative pamphlets which are available at the tourist booth located about a half of a mile south of Laporte on Route 220 in Sullivan County.
A family picnic of the New Albany Community Club was held recently at the home of Sue and Gary Miller.
William Clark of Rome was the recipient of the Teresa and Frank H. Mehm Prize at the 1989 awards banquet for College Misericordia.
50 years ago - 1964
One hundred and seventeen canoeists from hundreds of miles around took part recently in the third annual downriver canoe races on the Susquehanna from Echo Beach near Wysox to Wyalusing.
When the seniors of the S.R.U. Joint High School were in Washington in May, Joseph McDade, representative of the 10th District, met with them and directed them on a tour.
75 years ago - 1939
About 50 friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. John Wetherbee gave them a pleasant surprise party recently at their home for their 35th wedding anniversary.
Miss Rowena Herrmann held one of her informal student recitals at Christ Church parish recently.
Protection for Bradford County woodlands was greatly increased recently when shortwave radio sending equipment was installed in the Kellogg fire tower.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1613, London's original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during a performance of "Henry VIII."
In 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to the American colonies. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament to repeal the duties - except for tea.)
In 1880, France annexed Tahiti, which became a French colony on December 30, 1880.
In 1913, the Second Balkan War broke out as Bulgaria attacked Serbia and Greece, its former allies from the First Balkan War.
In 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrived at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, after flying 2,400 miles from Oakland, California, in 25 hours, 50 minutes.
In 1941, Polish statesman, pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS' yahn pah-dayr-EF'-skee) died in New York at age 80.
In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access to classified information.
In 1967, Jerusalem was re-unified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.
In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. (The ruling prompted states to effectively impose a moratorium on executions until their capital punishment laws could be revised.)
In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Morrison v. Olson, upheld the independent counsel law in a 7-1 decision (the sole dissenter was Justice Antonin Scalia).
In 1992, the remains of Polish statesman Ignace Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS' yahn pah-dayr-EF'-skee), interred for five decades in the United States, were returned to his homeland in keeping with his wish to be buried only in a free Poland.
In 2003, actress Katharine Hepburn, one of the last stars from Hollywood's Golden Age, died in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, at age 96.
Ten years ago: A United Nations helicopter crashed in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 peacekeepers, aid workers and others on board. The Supreme Court blocked a law meant to shield Web-surfing children from online pornography.
Five years ago: U.S. combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities, the first major step toward removing all American forces from the country by Dec. 31, 2011. Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff received a 150-year sentence for his multibillion-dollar fraud. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, were denied promotion because of their race.
One year ago: Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Nelson Mandela's family as the world anxiously awaited news on the condition of the hospitalized 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader. (Mandela was discharged from the hospital on September 1, 2013; he died the following December.)
Today's Birthdays: Actor Gary Busey is 70. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 66. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 52. Actress Judith Hoag is 51. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 50. Producer-writer Matthew Weiner is 49. Rap DJ Shadow is 42. Actress Zuleikha Robinson is 37. Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 36. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 36. Comedian-writer Colin Jost (johst) is 32.
Thought for Today: "A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?" - Don Marquis, American journalist-author (1878-1937).