Glancing Backward, 11/16/12
Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2012. There are 45 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 16, 1946, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded at the conclusion of a conference in London.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The American Heart Association sponsored a "Turkeywalk" in Towanda yesterday. Walkers ranged from 6 to 68 years old and were allowed to circle the two-mile course as many times as they wished within a two-hour time limit.
Bishop Matthew Clark of the Rochester Diocese visited the kids at St. James School in Waverly recently for the Sixth Annual Bishop Clark Day.
Four NTL football teams will enter District Four playoff competition this weekend. Towanda, Troy and Athens will challenge for the "AA" championship with Canton representing the Northern Tier in the "A" division.
50 years ago - 1962
Climaxing many weeks of sometimes heated discussion, the Bradford County School Board last night decided by a 3-2 vote to submit a three-unit school reorganization plan for possible state approval.
Raymond Norconk of New Albany was the recipient of a handsome plaque presented to him at the annual Bradford-Sullivan Counties Bankers Banquet recently for conducting outstanding conservation programs on his farm.
Tours of the new wing of the Robert Packer Hospital will be conducted today and tomorrow. Nursing students are scheduled to act as hostesses and guides for this occasion.
75 years ago - 1937
Dr. J.J. Harrigan, who recently opened a dental office in Towanda over the House of Fashion, reports that 10 new magazines were taken from his office recently.
Teachers in the various communities of Bradford County were advised yesterday by County Superintendent J. Andrew Morrow to do all in their power toward helping various unemployed people fill out their unemployment census cards.
A new record, exceeding the average of the Guernsey breed for her age and class, has just been completed by a 3.5-year-old cow, Papoose, of Edgewood Farm of Sylvania, tested and owned by G.H. Munro.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.
In 1885, Canadian rebel leader Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.
In 1917, Georges Clemenceau again became prime minister of France.
In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.
In 1960, Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable died in Los Angeles at age 59.
In 1961, House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn, 79, died at his home in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms as minority leader of the Democrats.
In 1966, Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
In 1973, Skylab 4, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral on an 84-day mission.
In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.
In 1997, China's most prominent pro-democracy campaigner, Wei Jingsheng (way jeeng-shuhng), arrived in the United States after being released following nearly 18 years of imprisonment in his country.
Ten years ago: In an open letter to the Iraqi Parliament, President Saddam Hussein said he had no choice but to accept a tough, new U.N. weapons inspection resolution because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unilateral war on the Iraqi people.
Five years ago: Senate Republicans blocked a $50 billion bill by Democrats that would have paid for several months of combat but also would have ordered troop withdrawals from Iraq to begin within 30 days. Marchers surrounded the Justice Department headquarters to demand federal intervention in the Jena Six case in Louisiana and stepped-up enforcement of hate crimes. Poland's new prime minister, Donald Tusk, formally took office along with a team of former anti-communist dissidents.
One year ago: President Barack Obama, visiting Canberra, said he would send military aircraft and up to 2,500 Marines to northern Australia for a training hub to help allies and protect American interests across Asia.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Clu Gulager is 84. Journalist Elizabeth Drew is 77. Blues musician W.C. Clark is 73. Actress Joanna Pettet is 70. Actor Steve Railsback is 67. Actor David Leisure is 62. Actor Miguel Sandoval is 61. Actress Marg Helgenberger is 54. Rock musician Mani is 50. Country singer-musician Keith Burns is 49. Tennis player Zina Garrison is 49. Former MLB All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden is 48. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 48. Actor Harry Lennix is 48. Rock musician Dave Kushner is 46. Actress Lisa Bonet is 45. Actress Tammy Lauren is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bryan Abrams is 43. Actress Martha Plimpton is 42. Actor Michael Irby is 40. Actress Missi Pyle is 40. Olympic gold medal figure skater Oksana Baiul is 35. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is 35. Pop singer Trevor Penick is 33. NBA player Amare Stoudemire is 30. Actress Kimberly J. Brown is 28. Rock singer Siva Kaneswaran is 24. Actor Noah Gray-Cabey is 17.
Thought for Today: "History is a combination of reality and lies. The reality of History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable becomes the truth." - Jean Cocteau (zhan kawk-toh'), French author, director, poet (1889-1963).