Glancing Backward, 10/31/13
Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2013. There are 61 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
About 50 volunteer Cub Scouts, leaders, parents, other family members and friends were found crawling beneath "smoke" inside one of the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company truck halls demonstrating fire safety.
Nationally-known bear expert Gary Alt of the Pennsylvania Game Commission was the guest speaker at the combined annual meeting of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and the Sullivan County Agriculture Agency.
50 years ago - 1963
The annual Halloween parade was held in Towanda.
Several appointments of chairmen in the 1964 finance drive of the General Sullivan Council, Boy Scouts of America, were announced.
The Herrick Township Firemen's Auxiliary held a bake sale.
75 years ago - 1938
The Boy Scout troop sponsored by the Ro-Ki club and under the leadership of Scout Master Albert Church and Assistant Scout Master Phillip Stauff, grew to 23 members.
The junior-high campaign for council president opened with the nominees accepting or declining nomination at Towanda.
Small game seasons opened in Bradford County.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1795, English poet John Keats was born in London.
In 1864, Nevada became the 36th state.
In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.
In 1938, the day after his "War of the Worlds" broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed "deep regret" but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.
In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh (seek) security guards.
Ten years ago: Teen surfing star Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack off Kauai (kuh-WY'-ee), Hawaii.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed an executive order restoring the Libyan government's immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing pending compensation cases.
One year ago: President Barack Obama joined Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a tour of damage along the New Jersey coast from Superstorm Sandy; Christie said he "can't thank the president enough" for his concern and compassion.
Today's Birthdays: Talk show host Jane Pauley is 63. Actress Vanessa Marano is 21. Actress-singer Willow Smith is 13.