Glancing Backward, 1/8/13
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2013. There are 357 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 8, 1963, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," on loan to the United States from the Louvre Museum in Paris, went on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., with President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, in attendance.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
When the WATS/WAVR high school quiz show Scholarship Challenge begins its eighth season later this month, participating teams will compete for a record purse of $5,000.
Seen around the area: Bradford County Republican Party Chairman Tom Blackall wearing his Penn State sweatshirt the day after the Nittany Lion's tough loss to Clemson in the Citrus Bowl.
Led by triple winners Chara Booker, Jenn Robinson and Sue Mras, the Towanda Black Knights girls' swimming team took a 94-68 victory over the Shamokin Indians.
50 years ago - 1963
Towanda Borough Council last night re-enacted the 1 percent wage tax and the $5 per capita tax as it started business for 1963.
A cigarette vending machine located in the lobby of Jan and Bill's Hotel at the corner of Washington and Main streets in Towanda was looted the morning of Jan. 6, police disclosed yesterday.
Many people in Hornbrook had frozen pipes as a result of the extreme cold last week.
75 years ago - 1938
Mrs. Jennie Rebeck was reelected president of the Jewish Women's Club at the regular meeting held recently in the Albertson building.
Celebrating his birthday tomorrow is Percy Corbin of Endicott, formerly of Potterville and one of the best athletes developed in Bradford County.
The Warren Center High School basketball team last night opened its BCAA season by trouncing the Monroeton team 39-5.
Elsewhere on this date:
Ten years ago: A commuter plane crashed after takeoff from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, killing all 21 people on board. A Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people (five passengers survived). President George W. Bush signed hastily passed legislation extending unemployment benefits for 2½ million victims of a weak economy. A federal appeals court ruled that President Bush could order U.S. citizens captured overseas indefinitely detained as enemy combatants without the rights normally afforded citizens charged in criminal cases.
Five years ago: Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican John McCain won the New Hampshire primaries. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, the only officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing. A quick-thinking Boy Scout foiled an assassination attempt against the president of the Maldives, grabbing an attacker's knife as the man leapt from a crowd. Paintings by Pablo Picasso and Brazilian painter Candido Portinari, stolen from Brazil's Sao Paulo Museum in Dec. 2007, were recovered.
One year ago: Bells rang in Tucson, Ariz., as residents paused to remember the six people killed in the shooting rampage a year earlier that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded; Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance during an evening vigil. Mitt Romney's Republican presidential rivals piled on the criticism during a morning debate, two days before the New Hampshire primary. The New York Giants ran all over Atlanta in a 24-2 rout of the Falcons in an NFC wild-card game. The Denver Broncos stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in overtime in the AFC wild-card game.
Today's Birthdays: Former Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh is 101. Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 90. Actor Ron Moody is 89. Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 85. CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 80. Singer Shirley Bassey is 76. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 75. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 72. Actress Yvette Mimieux is 71. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 71. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 67. Rock singer David Bowie is 66. Movie director John McTiernan is 62. Actress Harriet Sansom Harris is 58. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 49. Actress Maria Pitillo (pih-TIHL'-loh) is 48.
Actress Michelle Forbes is 48. Singer R. Kelly is 46. Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) is 44. Actress Ami Dolenz is 44. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 40. Country singer Tift Merritt is 38. Actress-rock singer Jenny Lewis is 37. Actress Amber Benson is 36. Actor Scott Whyte is 35. Singer-songwriter Erin McCarley is 34. Actress Sarah Polley is 34. Actor Windell D. Middlebrooks is 34. Actress Rachel Nichols is 33. Actress Gaby Hoffman is 31. Rock musician Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo (dih-SAH'-shee LUHM'-uhm-boh kuh-SAHN'-goh) (Gym Class Heroes) is 30.
Thought for Today: "No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion." - Carrie Chapman Catt, American suffrage leader (1859-1947).