Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case. (In the days that followed, the Committee also adopted articles accusing Nixon of abuse of power and contempt of Congress.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Capitol recording artist Tanya Tucker kicked off her new tour at the Troy Fair recently with a crowd of 2,500.
Members of the Spinners Web Handspinners spun and weaved their way to a first prize award at the Troy Fair.
Robin Kneller of Troy recently graduated from Mansfield University with a major in elementary education.
50 years ago - 1964
About 50 canoes took part recently in the down river races staged between Ulster and Mac's Beach, Macedonia.
Howard W. Vanderpool Jr. of Towanda received his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education recently from Bloomsburg State College.
At the recent sixth national Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge State Park one of the most active events had to do with music.
75 years ago - 1939
One hundred thirty-five 4-H club girls and boys enjoyed four days of camping at Elk Lake recently.
The Weather Bureau predicted the July drought would be the worst one in 67 years unless heavy rainfall comes soon.
Sixteen young people from Wyalusing and Spring Hill attended the Dimock Youth Camp recently.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1214, France prevailed in the Battle of Bouvines over the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and England.
In 1789, President George Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.
In 1861, Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan took command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.
In 1909, during the first official test of the U.S. Army's first airplane, Orville Wright flew himself and a passenger, Lt. Frank Lahm, above Fort Myer, Virginia, for one hour and 12 minutes.
In 1942, during World War II, the First Battle of El Alamein in Egypt ended in a draw as Allied forces stalled the progress of Axis invaders. (The Allies went on to win a clear victory over the Axis in the Second Battle of El Alamein later that year.)
In 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of urban rioting, the same day black militant H. Rap Brown said in Washington that violence was "as American as cherry pie."
In 1980, on day 267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed Shah of Iran died at a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.
Ten years ago: Democrats assailed President George W. Bush's handling of the Iraq war at their convention in Boston and painted a vivid portrait of John Kerry as a decorated Vietnam War hero.
Five years ago: Football player Michael Vick, suspended for bankrolling a dogfighting operation, was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
One year ago: Security forces and armed men clashed with supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, killing at least 80 people.
Today's Birthdays: Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming is 66. Rock musician Tris Imboden (Chicago) is 63. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (NIH'-koh-lye KAH'-stur WAHL'-dah) (TV: "Game of Thrones") is 44. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 42. MLB player Alex Rodriguez is 39. Actor Jonathan Rhys (rees) Meyers is 37. Actress Taylor Schilling (TV: "Orange is the New Black") is 30.
Thought for Today: "The sentimentalist ages far more quickly than the person who loves his work and enjoys new challenges." - Lillie Langtry, English actress (1853-1929).