Glancing Backward, 10/29/12
Today is Monday, Oct. 29, the 303rd day of 2012. There are 63 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 29, 1929, Wall Street crashed on "Black Tuesday," heralding the beginning of America's Great Depression.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The purchase of additional computer equipment is planned by the Bradford County Commissioners. Advertisements for bids for a new computer system to enhance the county's present digital equipment system will be placed by Chief Clerk Gary Wood.
The financing is now all in place and indications were given yesterday that the construction start of the long-awaited Wysox Municipal Authority sewer project will be getting under way this fall.
The Bradford County Humane Society shelter is serving as a temporary home for a goat, which was found wandering in the Asylum Township area.
50 years ago - 1962
There was a turn-out of 250 teenagers at the Halloween Teen Dance held Oct. 26 at the SCI Community Center. Contests included the Twist, the Limbo, the Cha-Cha and the best round dance.
Curtis L. Dickerson of Towanda was re-elected moderator of the North Branch Association of Universalist Churches for another year at a meeting held yesterday.
Tonight at 7 p.m. children of Towanda and the general area will devote their Halloween fun to a constructive purpose. They will go trick-or-treating to collect donations for UNICEF.
75 years ago - 1937
After being located for the past four years in the quarters formerly occupied by Harry Buren, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Swank have moved their confectionery shop across the street into one of the modern store sites in Towanda.
Those planning to enter floats or novelties in the Halloween parade in Towanda are asked to get in touch with Ash Parsons. First prize in the float division is $5, second is $3 and third is $2; in the novelty division, first prize is $3, second is $2 and third is $1.
Celebrating her birthday today is Ramona Vanderpool of Wysox, who is 9 years old and in the third grade of the Fisher School.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English courtier, military adventurer and poet, was executed in London.
In 1901, President William McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted.
In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.
In 1940, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number - 158 - in America's first peacetime military draft.
In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C.
In 1967, Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, closed after six months.
In 1998, Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he'd blazed for America's astronauts 36 years earlier.
Today's Birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers) is 75. Country singer Lee Clayton is 70. Rock musician Denny Laine is 68. Singer Melba Moore is 67. Musician Peter Green is 66. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 65. Actress Kate Jackson is 64. The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, is 62. Actor Dan Castellaneta is 55. Country musician Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 55. Comic strip artist Tom Wilson ("Ziggy") is 55. Actress Finola Hughes is 53. Singer Randy Jackson is 51. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 47. Actress Joely Fisher is 45. Rapper Paris is 45. Actor Rufus Sewell is 45. Actor Grayson McCouch (mih-COOCH') is 44. Rock singer SA Martinez (311) is 43. Musician Toby Smith is 42. Actress Winona Ryder is 41. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 40. Actor Trevor Lissauer is 39. Actress Gabrielle Union is 39. Olympic gold medal bobsledder Vonetta Flowers is 39. Actress Milena Govich is 36. Actor Jon Abrahams is 35. Actor Brendan Fehr is 35. Actor Ben Foster is 32. Rock musician Chris Baio is 28. Actress India Eisley (TV: "The Secret Life of the American Teenager") is 19.
Thought for Today: "An old error is always more popular than a new truth." - German proverb.