Glancing Backward, 11/10/12
Today is Saturday, Nov. 10, the 315th day of 2012. There are 51 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 10, 1972, three armed men hijacked Southern Airways Flight 49, a DC-9 with 24 other passengers on board during a stopover in Birmingham, Ala., and demanded $10 million in ransom. (The 30-hour ordeal, which involved landings in nine U.S. cities and Toronto, finally ended with a second landing in Cuba, where the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban authorities.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The Towanda Area Board of Education last night approved the purchase of a new emergency generator for the high school, which will cost in the neighborhood of $10,000.
The Phillip Paul Bliss homestead in Rome has received a century home plaque from the Bradford County Historical Society.
Sayre Borough will receive $143,049.08 in insurance money for the borough hall fire. That sum does not include the contents of the building, but covers only the structure itself.
50 years ago - 1962
Representatives of the state Department of Public Instruction indicated yesterday they would present to the State Council of Education at its meeting early in December a three-unit organization plan for Bradford County in which one of the units - Tri-County Jointure (Canton) and the Troy Community Jointure - would be substandard in size.
Bradford County Council of Civil Defense has received the first duplicate copies of Phase 2 sketches of potential fallout shelters in Sayre and Towanda. These include the Sayre Post Office, the J.J. Newberry Company building in Towanda and the Bradford County Jail.
Morey Miller of French Asylum, a senior at Penn State, was the high individual in Ayrshire cattle judging at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging contest held recently in Waterloo, Iowa.
75 years ago - 1937
Nick's Café, at the southwest corner of Bridge and Main streets in Towanda, will reopen for business today after being closed for some time. The proprietor is Mike Mavromatis.
Because one of their number is an excellent hunter, members of The Daily Review's night staff enjoyed a rabbit banquet in the wee small hours yesterday.
Edward Renton, formerly of Scranton, has taken over the management of the Capitol theatre in Waverly.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1951, customer-dialed long-distance telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, N.J., called Alameda, Calif., Mayor Frank Osborne without operator assistance.
In 1954, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Arlington, Va.
In 1961, the satirical war novel "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller was first published by Simon & Schuster.
In 1969, the children's educational program "Sesame Street" made its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS).
In 1975, the ore-hauling ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 mysteriously sank during a storm in Lake Superior with the loss of all on board.
In 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C., three days before its dedication. Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev died at age 75.
Ten years ago: Bush administration officials promised "zero tolerance" if Saddam Hussein refused to comply with international calls to disarm. About a dozen tornadoes killed 36 people in Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi and Pennsylvania.
Five years ago: Six U.S. troops died in an insurgent ambush, making 2007 the deadliest year for American forces in Afghanistan since 2001. During an Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez kept interrupting Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as he defended his predecessor, Jose Maria Aznar, whom Chavez had repeatedly referred to as a "fascist"; Spain's King Juan Carlos finally told Chavez, "Why don't you shut up?"
One year ago: The National Archives released a transcript of former President Richard Nixon's 1975 grand jury testimony after a judge ordered the government to do so; in it, a feisty and cagey Nixon defended his legacy and Watergate-era actions. Calle 13, the Puerto Rican hip-hop duo, swept the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Russell Johnson is 88. Film composer Ennio Morricone (EHN'-yoh mor-ee-KOHN'-eh) is 84. Blues singer Bobby Rush is 78. Actor Albert Hall is 75. Country singer Donna Fargo is 71. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is 69. Lyricist Tim Rice is 68. Rock singer-musician Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 65. Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 63. Actor Jack Scalia is 62. Movie director Roland Emmerich is 57. Actor Matt Craven is 56. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 56. Actress Mackenzie Phillips is 53. Author Neil Gaiman (GAY'-mihn) is 52. Actress Vanessa Angel is 49.
Actor Hugh Bonneville (TV: "Downton Abbey") is 49. Actor-comedian Tommy Davidson is 49. Actor Michael Jai (jy) White is 48. Country singer Chris Cagle is 44. Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is 44. Actress Ellen Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) (TV: "Grey's Anatomy") is 43. Rapper-producer Warren G is 42. Actor Walton Goggins is 41. Comedian-actor Chris Lilley is 38. Rock singer-musician Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) is 37. Rapper Eve is 34. Rock musician Chris Joannou (joh-AN'-yoo)(Silverchair) is 33. Actor Bryan Neal is 32. Actress Heather Matarazzo is 30. Country singer Miranda Lambert is 29. Actor Josh Peck is 26. Actress Kiernan Shipka (TV: "Mad Men") is 13. Actress Mackenzie Foy (Film: the "Twilight" films) is 12.
Thought for Today: "Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?" - Fanny Brice, American actress and singer (1891-1951).