Glancing Backward, 11/19/12
Today is Monday, Nov. 19, the 324th day of 2012. There are 42 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Dan Oakes of Towanda, retired Lehigh Valley railroad engineer, qualified in both steam and diesel, is celebrating his birthday today.
Individuals and organizations in Bradford County were recognized for their contributions in conservation at the Annual Joint Convention of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation District Directors Inc. and Pennsylvania Conservation Commission.
The Tioga Point Chapter of DAR recently named four Valley high school seniors as the DAR Good Citizens. Those honored are Mary Ellen Robinson of SRU, Lori Welch of Sayre, Grady Forbes of Athens and Michelle Alamo of Waverly.
50 years ago - 1962
About 700 people were present yesterday for formal dedication of a new $2 million wing at the Robert Packer Hospital.
Enthusiastic but wind-blown and frost-bitten Towanda Chamber of Commerce directors yesterday placed the Christmas decorations along Main Street.
Eleven 50-foot-deep test holes have been drilled in Bentley Creek where the new 300 by 30 foot bridge will be built next year to replace the old one that has been the scene of so many accidents and deaths.
75 years ago - 1937
There are now 76 entries in the Keystone Theater's baby popularity contest, it was reveled yesterday. Voting begins in earnest tomorrow and all participating merchants will begin the issuance of vote ballots with each 25-cent purchase.
"Packy" Sullivan, well-known carpenter, and Jim Fox, well known carpenter and blacksmith, have installed an anvil and bellows in Packy's carpenter shop on Lombard Street and are now ready to do any business that requires such equipment.
At the Towanda Public School, standard tests have been given in bookkeeping 1. Bill Crayton received the highest mark; out of a possible 125 points he received 117.
Elsewhere on this date:
One year ago: Moammar Gadhafi's former heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, was captured by revolutionary fighters in the southern desert just over a month after his father was killed, setting off joyous celebrations across Libya. British-born Canadian actor John Neville, who'd appeared in the TV series "The X-Files," died in Toronto at age 86.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Alan Young is 93. Talk show host Larry King is 79. Former General Electric chief executive Jack Welch is 77. Talk show host Dick Cavett is 76. Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 74. Singer Pete Moore (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) is 73. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is 73. TV journalist Garrick Utley is 73. Actor Dan Haggerty is 71. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson is 71. Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 70. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 63. Actor Robert Beltran is 59. Actress Kathleen Quinlan is 58. Actress Glynnis O'Connor is 57. Broadcast journalist Ann Curry is 56. Former NASA astronaut Eileen Collins is 56. Actress Allison Janney is 53. Rock musician Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) is 52. Actress Meg Ryan is 51. Actress-director Jodie Foster is 50. Actress Terry Farrell is 49. TV chef Rocco DiSpirito is 46. Actor Jason Scott Lee is 46. Olympic gold medal runner Gail Devers is 46. Actress Erika Alexander is 43. Rock musician Travis McNabb is 43. Singer Tony Rich is 41. Country singer Jason Albert (Heartland) is 39.
Country singer Billy Currington is 39. Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover is 39. Country musician Chad Jeffers is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamika Scott (Xscape) is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lil' Mo is 35. Olympic gold medal gymnast Kerri Strug is 35. Actor Reid Scott is 35. Rapper Tyga is 23.
Thought for Today: "The facts are always less than what really happened." - Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel Prize-winning author.