Today is Thursday, July 3, the 184th day of 2014. There are 181 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett's Charge.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
A memorial dedicated to all veterans of the Sylvania community was dedicated recently as part of the community's Heritage Sunday celebration.
At a year end awards assembly, 19 sixth grade students from Northeast Bradford received the presidential Academic Fitness Award for having attained a B average.
50 years ago - 1964
The first shopping center in the Towanda area is to be erected this summer between Towanda and Wysox.
Recently the Camp Brule of the General Sullivan Boy Scout Council opened its summer camping season.
The Ulster Township Board of Supervisors are being highly commended on the sponsorship of paving the short street connecting Main and Bridge streets.
75 years ago - 1939
The Edinger Hill 4-H Club girls gave a team fundraiser recently at the Edinger Hill School house and raised enough money to send two representatives of the club to camp.
Eight new interns began their duties at the Robert Packer Hospital recently.
Meeting at the Village Tea Room in Monroeton, the Class of 1934 of Towanda High School enjoyed a banquet reunion recently with 31 of the 69 members.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.
In 1913, during a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War veterans re-enacted Pickett's Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.
In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk from the Germans.
In 1950, the first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.
In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule.
In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.
In 1974, President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a treaty in Moscow limiting the size of underground nuclear weapons tests.
In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
In 1996, Russians went to the polls to re-elect Boris Yeltsin president over his Communist challenger, Gennady Zyuganov (geh-NAH'-dee zhoo-GAH'-nahf), in a runoff.
Ten years ago: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan won a promise from Sudan's government to send troops to stop militia violence in the Darfur region. Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title by beating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon. Former Soviet cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev died in Cheboksary, Chuvash Autonomous Republic, at age 74.
Five years ago: In a surprise announcement, Sarah Palin said she would resign as Alaska governor, effective July 26, 2009. Vice President Joe Biden visited Baghdad, where he pressed Iraqi leaders to do more to foster national reconciliation and offered U.S. assistance in achieving that goal. Businessman John S. Barry, who turned rust-fighter WD-40 into a household brand, died in La Jolla, California, at age 84.
One year ago: Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the military after just one year by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that had brought the Islamist leader to power.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Tim O'Connor is 87. Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 84. Attorney Gloria Allred is 73. Folk singer Judith Durham (The Seekers) is 71. Actor Michael Cole (TV: "The Mod Squad") is 69. Humorist Dave Barry is 67. Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier (doo-VAHL'-yay) is 63. Talk show host Montel Williams is 58. Actor Tom Cruise is 52. Actor Thomas Gibson is 52. Actress Connie Nielsen is 50. Singer Ishmael Butler is 45. Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 45. Actress-singer Shawnee Smith is 45. Actress-singer Audra McDonald is 44. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 43. Actor Patrick Wilson is 41. Country singer Trent Tomlinson is 39. Actress Andrea Barber is 38. Singer Shane Lynch (Boyzone) is 38. Actor Ian Anthony Dale is 36. Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tonia Tash (Divine) is 35. Actress Olivia Munn is 34. Actress Shoshannah Stern is 34. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer is 23. Actress Kelsey Batelaan is 19.
Thought for Today: "The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers." - Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (1887-1948).