Glancing Backward, 11/17/12
Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 322nd day of 2012. There are 44 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 17, 1962, Washington Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The Towanda Area High School junior varsity football team bus was pelted with rocks and eggs last night on its way home from its game with Wyalusing. Several of the team members received minor injuries as a result of being hit with the rocks.
Season tickets for the 1987-88 winter sports season were approved by the Wyalusing School Board at their monthly meeting last night.
Playground equipment has been installed at the Wyalusing Borough Park, which has been the scene of renovations for the past two months.
50 years ago - 1962
At the recent annual meeting of the Towanda Country Club, Michael Maskarinec was elected president of the coming year with Francis Pentz as vice president.
Miss Caroline Trippe, Canton High School senior, has been selected by her classmates and the high school faculty to be the 1962 Good Citizen.
Celebrating his birthday today is Robert M. Heath of Towanda, former fire chief.
75 years ago - 1937
Fifty Towanda members of the Loyal Order of Moose and their wives attended a farewell banquet in the Ward House last night, honoring Harry Conant of Waverly, who recently resigned as secretary at Waverly and accepted a position with Mooseheart.
The Canton Rotary Club, which is getting along nicely from a flying start, admitted two new charter members at the meeting yesterday: Walter Williams and J. Rolfe Maynard.
John Jay "Butch" McDevitt, who about a quarter of a century ago created a nationwide sensation by being a "millionaire for a day," will be featured as the entertainment on "Towanda Night" at the Moose lodge in Waverly on Nov. 19.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.
In 1800, Congress held its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building.
In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt.
In 1911, the African-American fraternity Omega Psi Phi was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
In 1934, Lyndon Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as Lady Bird, in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1962, the musical comedy "Little Me," starring Sid Caesar in seven roles, opened on Broadway.
In 1969, the first round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks between the United States and the Soviet Union opened in Helsinki, Finland.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Fla.: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
In 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 black and/or female American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
In 1987, a federal jury in Denver convicted two white supremacists of civil rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan Berg. (Both men later died in prison.)
In 1997, 62 people, most of them foreign tourists, were killed when militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt; the attackers were killed by police.
Five years ago: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte delivered a blunt message to Pakistan's military ruler, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, telling him emergency rule had to be lifted and his opponents freed ahead of elections. A Nobel-winning U.N. scientific panel said in a landmark report released in Valencia, Spain, that the Earth was hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace.
One year ago: Occupy Wall Street protesters clogged streets and tied up traffic around the U.S. to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they weren't ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police.
Today's Birthdays: Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is 78. Rock musician Gerry McGee (The Ventures) is 75. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 74. Singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio is 71. Movie director Martin Scorsese is 70. Actress Lauren Hutton is 69. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 68. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels is 68. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver is 68. Movie director Roland Joffe is 67. Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is 64. House Speaker John Boehner is 63. Actor Stephen Root is 61. Rock musician Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) is 55. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 54. Actor William Moses is 53. Entertainer RuPaul is 52. Actor Dylan Walsh is 49. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is 48. Actress Sophie Marceau is 46. Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) is 45. Rock musician Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) is 45. Actor Leonard Roberts is 40. Actress Leslie Bibb is 39. Actor Brandon Call is 36. Country singer Aaron Lines is 35. Actress Rachel McAdams is 34. Rock musician Isaac Hanson (Hanson) is 32. Actor Justin Cooper is 24. Musician Reid Perry (The Band Perry) is 24. Actress Raquel Castro is 18.
Thought for Today: "Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety." - Ben Hecht, American author and screenwriter (1893-1964).