Glancing Backward, 1/15/13
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2013. There are 350 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
The Monroe Township Supervisors met recently for their reorganization meeting. The new Board of Supervisors includes: chairman, David Dunn; vice chairman, Robert C. Abrams Sr.; roadmaster, Richard E. Teeter; vacancy board chairman, Frank Richley; secretary-treasurer, Sandra Lines.
Led by the balanced scoring of Donna Pautz, Yvonne Young and Jodi Harkness, the Troy Trojans took a key NTL battle last night over the Wyalusing Rams with a 57-40 decision in basketball action.
Twelve Athens High School choir students have been selected to participate in the District 8 Choral Festival: Collen Bennett, Sheila Gross, Laura Goldberg, Megan Kersting, Tina Spafard, Jonathan Gabb, Aaron Hiebert, Jeff Patterson, Lonny Allis, David Carlin, Rob Chamberlain and Sid Ranck.
50 years ago - 1963
Only one municipal sewer authority was in operation in Bradford County in 1961, the State Department of Internal Affairs said yesterday. The lone municipal sewer authority was Towanda, an authority listed as serving a total of 1,272 customers.
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Shiner of Towanda were married 50 years ago today.
The resignation of Joseph R. Moore as football and baseball coach at Towanda Area Joint High School was accepted at last night's meeting of the school's Joint Operating Committee.
75 years ago - 1938
More than 500 people attended the Amateur Night entertainment yesterday at the hall of the Loyal Order of Moose in Waverly. Elaine Shoemaker of Towanda took first prize among individuals with her acrobatic dancing.
The members of Wyalusing Musical Society and their guests to the number of 58 thoroughly enjoyed their 41st anniversary celebration, which was held at the MR church auditorium this week.
Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club in a match on the Parlor City Court last night defeated the Oneonta Police by a score of 1451 to 1435. On the Towanda team were E.J. Barnes, E.M. Barnes, Gerald Moore, Harwood Miller, D.R. Smith and F.P. Appleman.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
In 1777, the people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The republic later became the state of Vermont.)
In 1862, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Abraham Lincoln's choice of Edwin M. Stanton to be the new Secretary of War.
In 1913, actor Lloyd Bridges was born in San Leandro, Calif.
In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.
In 1947, the mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who came to be known as the "Black Dahlia," were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot; her slaying remains unsolved.
In 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio got married at San Francisco City Hall. (The marriage lasted only nine months.)
In 1961, a U.S. Air Force radar tower off the New Jersey coast collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean during a severe storm, killing all 28 men aboard.
In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
In 1993, in Paris, a historic disarmament ceremony ended with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons.
In 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived.
Ten years ago: White House budget director Mitchell Daniels predicted federal deficits would balloon to the $200-$300 billion range over the next two years.
Five years ago: Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory in his native Michigan. During a visit to Saudi Arabia, President George W. Bush warned that surging oil prices threatened the U.S. economy and he urged OPEC nations to boost their output. Actor Brad Renfro, who as a youngster had played the title role in "The Client," was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 25.
One year ago: Addressing a conference in Beirut on democracy in the Arab world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded that Syria's president, Bashar Assad, stop killing his own people, and said the "old order" of one-man rule and family dynasties was over in the Middle East. At the Golden Globes, "The Artist" won best musical or comedy; "The Descendants" won best drama.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 76. Actress Andrea Martin is 66. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 56. Actor James Nesbitt is 48. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 46. Actor Chad Lowe is 45. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka "Bonnie Prince Billy") is 43. Actress Regina King is 42. Actor Eddie Cahill is 35. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 32. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 25.
Thought for Today: "One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means." - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).