Glancing Backward, 11/25/12
Today is Sunday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2012. There are 36 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 25, 1952, the play "The Mousetrap," a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, first opened in London's West End; it is the longest continuously running show in history.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Towanda Borough crews got a lift from Penelec personnel and equipment in stringing the town's overhead Christmas garlands and lights yesterday.
The Endless Mountains Tourism Association announces the appointment of a new executive director, Vivian McCarty of Hillsgrove in Sullivan County.
Sullivan County reported yesterday that it had sold all of its doe licenses. Doe season in Pennsylvania starts Dec. 14.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.
In 1881, Pope John XXIII was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli at Sotto il Monte, Italy.
In 1908, the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor was published.
In 1940, the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker made his debut in the animated short "Knock Knock."
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.
In 1963, the body of President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery; his widow, Jacqueline, lighted an "eternal flame" at the gravesite.
In 1973, Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
In 1982, on Thanksgiving Day, an arson fire broke out in downtown Minneapolis; the blaze destroyed an entire city block, but resulted in no injuries.
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
In 1987, Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago, died in office at age 65.
In 1992, the movie "The Bodyguard," starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, was first released.
In 1999, five-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida, setting off an international custody battle.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Noel Neill is 92. Playwright Murray Schisgal is 86. Actress Kathryn Crosby is 79. Actor Matt Clark is 76. Actor Christopher Riordan is 75. Singer Percy Sledge is 72. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs is 72. Author, actor and economist Ben Stein is 68. Singer Bob Lind is 68. Actor John Larroquette is 65. Actor Tracey Walter is 65. Movie director Jonathan Kaplan is 65. Author Charlaine Harris is 61. Retired MLB All-Star Bucky Dent is 61. Dance judge Bruno Tonioli (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 57. Singer Amy Grant is 52. Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar is 49. Rock musician Eric Grossman (K's Choice) is 48. Rock singer Mark Lanegan is 48. Rock singer-musician Tim Armstrong is 47. Actor Steve Harris is 47. Actor Billy Burke is 46. Singer Stacy Lattisaw is 46. Rock musician Rodney Sheppard (Sugar Ray) is 46. Rapper-producer Erick Sermon is 44. Actress Jill Hennessy is 43. Actress Christina Applegate is 41. Actor Eddie Steeples is 39. NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is 36. Actor Joel Kinnaman is 33. Actress Valerie Azlynn (TV: "Sullivan & Son") is 32. Former first daughter Barbara Bush is 31. Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager is 31. Actress Katie Cassidy is 26. Contemporary Christian singer Jamie Grace is 21.
Thought for Today: "Reject hatred without hating." - Mary Baker Eddy, American religious leader (1821-1910).