Glancing Backward, 1/4/13
Today is Friday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2013. There are 361 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his State of the Union address in which he outlined the goals of his "Great Society," a series of domestic policy initiatives aimed at growing the economy and improving the quality of life for all.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Recently Nick and Ossie Chacona marked the end of an era, as they had their last day as proprietors of Chacona's Restaurant. Taking over are Donette Dunfee and John Mark.
The SRU Tigers finished third in an eight-team field at the Zurn Bush Memorial Wrestling Tournament held recently.
The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presented a car seat to Matthew Hudacs, the first baby born in Bradford County in 1988.
50 years ago - 1963
Smithfield Grange No. 214 in cooperation with the Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, has completed a fire map of Smithfield Township. Each farm or dwelling in the township has been given a fire number. When reporting a fire, the property's fire number should be given.
Robert Browning of New Albany has announced that the oil business owned by Mrs. Browning and himself has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Robinson, who will continue to operate it under the name of Browning Oil Company.
Joseph A. Marshall of Overton, who has been an employee of Foremost Dairies in Dushore for the past 35 years, was tendered a retirement party yesterday at the Jan-Carol Motel Restaurant.
75 years ago - 1938
At 9 a.m. yesterday, Judge Charles M. Culver was sworn into office for the third time.
Celebrating her birthday today is Mrs. Ash Parsons of Walnut Street, known far and wide as one of the most pleasant and capable hostesses in Towanda.
Kirwan's Restaurant, located at 16 Main Street, will open for business today. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kirwan are the proprietors.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md.
In 1904, the Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stopped short of declaring them U.S. citizens.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, called for legislation to provide assistance for the jobless, elderly, impoverished children and the handicapped.
In 1943, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin appeared on the cover of Time as the magazine's 1942 "Man of the Year."
In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured the city of Seoul.
In 1964, Pope Paul VI began a visit to the Holy Land, the first papal pilgrimage of its kind, as he arrived in Jerusalem.
In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
In 1987, 16 people were killed when an Amtrak train bound from Washington, D.C., to Boston collided with Conrail locomotives that had crossed into its path from a side track in Chase, Md.
In 1990, Charles Stuart, who'd claimed he'd been wounded and that his pregnant wife was fatally shot by a robber, leapt to his death off a Boston bridge after he himself became a suspect.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush is 86. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 83. Actress Dyan Cannon is 76. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 76. Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 70. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 58. Actress Ann Magnuson is 57. Rock musician Bernard Sumner is 57. Country singer Patty Loveless is 56. Rock singer Michael Stipe is 53. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 51. Actor Dave Foley is 50. Actress Dot Jones is 49. Actor Rick Hearst is 48. Singer-musician Cait O'Riordan is 48. Actress Julia Ormond is 48. Tennis player Guy Forget is 48. Country singer Deana Carter is 47. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 46. Actor Jeremy Licht is 42. Actress-singer Jill Marie Jones is 38. Alt-country singer Justin Townes Earle is 31. Christian rock singer Spencer Chamberlain is 30. Comedian-actress Charlyne Yi is 27.
Thought for Today: "Sometimes history takes things into its own hands." - Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court justice (1908-1993).