Glancing Backward, 1/20/13
Today is Sunday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2013. There are 345 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 20, 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office as president of the United States; Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as vice president.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Attorney Casey "Chuck" Castro, a New York native, more recently of California, arrived at his new post as Bradford County public defender yesterday.
Daniel Reynolds was hired recently as a full-time Sayre Borough police officer.
The night began with two undefeated teams atop the girls standings of NTL basketball. When the dust settled, it was the Towanda Black Knights who kept their record clean with a 60-55 win over the Troy Trojans last night.
75 years ago - 1938
Claude H. Dearolf of Sayre has been reappointed district deputy for the ensuing year of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons for this area.
Celebrating his birthday today is William Vosburg of Ward Avenue, popular Towanda athlete.
Definite upturn in business was seen today by Joseph Freeman, superintendent of the Southern Wheel Division of the American Brake Show Company, in reporting that all employees are back on a five-day week at the local plant.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1265, England's first representative Parliament, which included officials from districts, cities and boroughs, met for the first time.
In 1649, King Charles I of England went on trial, accused of high treason (he was found guilty and executed by month's end).
In 1887, the U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
In 1936, Britain's King George V died; he was succeeded by Edward VIII.
In 1942, Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Jews.
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon were sworn in for their second terms of office in a private Sunday ceremony (a public ceremony was held the next day).
In 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States.
In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
In 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1993, Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States. Actress Audrey Hepburn died in Switzerland at age 63.
In 2001, George Walker Bush became America's 43rd president after one of the most turbulent elections in U.S. history.
In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation's 44th, as well as first African-American, president.
Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell, faced with stiff resistance and calls for caution, bluntly told the Security Council that the U.N. "must not shrink" from its responsibility to disarm Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld died in New York at age 99. Pollster Burns W. "Bud" Roper died on Cape Cod, Mass.
Five years ago: The Los Angeles Times announced its top editor, James O'Shea, had been fired after he rejected a management order to cut $4 million from the newsroom budget, 14 months after his predecessor was also ousted in a budget dispute. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH'-leh) was sworn in for a second term. The New England Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFC championship game, pulling out a 21-12 victory that sent them back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons. The New York Giants won a 23-20 overtime victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship.
One year ago: Six U.S. Marines were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. A rogue Afghan soldier killed four French troops. Singer Etta James, 73, died in Riverside, Calif.
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Slim Whitman is 89. Comedian Arte Johnson is 84. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 83. Olympic gold medal figure skater Carol Heiss is 73. Singer Eric Stewart is 68. Movie director David Lynch is 67. Country-rock musician George Grantham is 66. Actor Daniel Benzali is 63. Rock musician Paul Stanley (KISS) is 61. Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) is 61. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 55. Actor James Denton is 50. Rock musician Greg K. (The Offspring) is 48. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 48. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is 48. Actor Rainn Wilson is 47. Actress Stacey Dash is 46. TV personality Melissa Rivers is 45. Singer Xavier is 45. Actor Reno Wilson is 44. Singer Edwin McCain is 43. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 43. Rap musician ?uestlove (questlove) (The Roots) is 42. Rock musician Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) is 34. Country singer Brantley Gilbert is 28. Actor Evan Peters is 26.
Thought for Today: "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." - Alexis de Tocqueville, French author (1805-1859).