Glancing Backward, 1/13/13
Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2013. There are 352 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 13, 2012, the Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side; 32 people were killed. (Ship's captain Francesco Schettino (frahn-CHEHS'-koh skeh-TEE'-noh) faces possible trial on charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship before evacuation was complete.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
State Sen. Roger A. Madigan, R-23rd, formally announced his re-election bid yesterday.
Richard Robinson of New Albany was hired by the Sullivan County School Board last night to fill the position of Elementary Supervisor.
The Towanda Black Knight swimming teams took a pair of victories yesterday over the Sayre Redskins. Led by triple-winner Jenn Robinson, the girls' squad came out on top of a 96-64 decision as they upped their record to 4-1 on the season. The boys' squad produced triple winners in Gary Wilcox, Greg Wilcox and Trent Gingerich in their 106-42 victory.
75 years ago - 1938
Effective in two days, an order has been issued to the drivers of the Greyhound busses passing through Towanda to change there. The Ward House will be the headquarters for these drivers, which means that approximately 20 of them will be stationed there at various times every 24 hours.
The ladies of the Westminster Guild in Stevensville have arranged to serve a "Dime Supper" at the community hall tomorrow. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and sandwiches for their own family. The proceeds will be used toward buying an electric sweeper for the church.
A birthday party will be given Mrs. Jessie Ward today at the home of Mrs. William Race. Mrs. Ward is 80 years old today.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1864, composer Stephen Foster died in a New York hospital at age 37. (In his pocket: a note which read, "Dear friends and gentle hearts.")
In 1987, West German police arrested Mohammed Ali Hamadi, a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner. (Although convicted and sentenced to life, Hamadi was paroled by Germany in Dec. 2005; he is on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list.)
In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.
In 1992, Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for its soldiers during World War II, citing newly uncovered documents that showed the Japanese army had had a role in abducting the so-called "comfort women."
Ten years ago: Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman jumped into the 2004 race for president. Rock musician Pete Townshend was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. (Townshend said he was only doing research for an autobiography dealing with his own suspected childhood sexual abuse; he was eventually cleared of possessing pornographic images of children.) The owners of FAO Schwarz filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (FAO Inc. emerged from bankruptcy in April 2003, but filed again for bankruptcy in Dec. 2003.)
Five years ago: President George W. Bush, visiting the United Arab Emirates, gently urged authoritarian Arab allies to satisfy frustrated desires for democracy in the Mideast and saved his harshest criticism for Iran, branding it "the world's leading state-sponsor of terror." The Golden Globes were announced in a dry, news conference-style ceremony, devoid of stars because of the Hollywood writers' strike; "Atonement" won best motion picture drama, while "Mad Men" was named best dramatic TV series.
One year ago: A Peruvian court sentenced Joran van der Sloot (YOHR'-uhn VAN'-dur-sloht) to 28 years in prison for murdering Stephany Flores, a young woman he'd met at a Lima casino. Myanmar freed some of its most famous political prisoners, sparking jubilation among their supporters. Veteran TV newsman Richard Threlkeld, 74, was killed in a car crash on New York's Long Island.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Frances Sternhagen is 83. TV personality Nick Clooney is 79. Comedian Rip Taylor is 79. Actor Billy Gray is 75. Actor Richard Moll is 70. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 59. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 58. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 54. Actor Kevin Anderson is 53. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 52. Rock singer Graham "Suggs" McPherson (Madness) is 52. Country singer Trace Adkins is 51. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 49. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 47. Actress Traci Bingham is 45. Actor Keith Coogan is 43. Actress Nicole Eggert is 41. Actor Orlando Bloom is 36. Actor Julian Morris is 30.
Thought for Today: "Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor." - Sholom Aleichem (ah-LAY'-kem), Russian author-humorist (1859-1916).