Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Several youths enjoyed the special activities which were part of the 1989 Special Needs Adaptive Program and were treated to a special showing of "Ghostbusters II" at the Keystone Theatre in Towanda.
Cadet Stacey Earl Robinson of Rome achieved Gold Star status at The Citadel, the military college in South Carolina recently.
Pennsylvania State Trooper David Brubaker was honored during the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators for his exemplary service and commitment.
75 years ago - 1939
The "Big Float," for which some 60 odd members of the Towanda Rod and Gun Club have been planning, will be leaving the Meredith Dock.
The Salvation Army Fund passed the $600 mark recently.
The annual picnic of the past matrons of Towanda Chapter, No. 76, Order of the Eastern Star was held recently with 17 past members in attendance.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1553, King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed.
In 1814, Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1848, a pioneer women's rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York.
In 1903, the first Tour de France was won by Maurice Garin.
In 1944, the Democratic national convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a certainty.
In 1952, the Summer Olympics opened in Helsinki, Finland.
In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented "By Love Possessed" to first-class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.
In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.
Ten years ago: Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City shot and killed his 27-year-old wife, Lori, disposed of her remains, then reported her missing; he was later sentenced to six years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.
Five years ago: A Russian-owned civilian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from southern Afghanistan's largest NATO base, killing 16 civilians.
One year ago: In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman, saying the slain black teenager "could have been me 35 years ago."
Today's Birthdays: Actress Helen Gallagher is 88. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 54. Actor Anthony Edwards is 52. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 44. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 40. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 38. Actor Jared Padalecki is 32.
Thought for Today: "No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion." - Carrie Chapman Catt, American feminist (1859-1947).