Glancing Backward, 11/29/12
Today is Thursday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2012. There are 32 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 29, 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower secretly left on a trip to Korea, keeping his campaign promise to assess the ongoing conflict first-hand.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Over 400 signatures have been collected on petitions circulated in the area, urging the repair and reopening of the Sugar Creek Bridge in North Towanda Township.
Together, they have given 30 years of service to the policy-making body of the Athens School District, and this past week, Lawrence Kingsley and Merle Wanck were honored by the school board from which they were retiring.
Richard and Virginia Davis of Hillsgrove, Sullivan County, have been selected as the North Penn Home and Center Services Volunteers of the Month.
50 years ago - 1962
Search's Drug Store will hold its official grand opening at its new location, 429 Main St., Towanda, tomorrow.
Celebrating his birthday today is Don Rhodes, proprietor of the Rhodes Barber Shop in Towanda and very active in the Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club, of which he is an officer.
Two Bradford County young farmers were honored at the convention of the Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association meeting held recently at Penn State. Carlton Lent of Towanda was named star farmer of the Northeast region. Charles Thomas of Troy was given an Outstanding Young Farmer certificate.
75 years ago - 1937
Mrs. America Viola Shoop, 77, of Sayre, believed the last surviving member of the audience that heard Abraham Lincoln deliver his Gettysburg Address, died at her home on Nov. 26.
When a Greyhound bus driver reported to Corporal Charles Santee of the Motor Police in Towanda recently that two striking employees of his company were following him, his machine was given an escort from Towanda to Troy.
Mr. and Mrs. Judson P. Wickham of Athens celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.
In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)
In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.
In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
In 1972, the coin-operated video arcade game Pong, created by Atari, made its debut at Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, Calif.
In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.
In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
In 1987, a Korean Air 707 jetliner en route from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok was destroyed by a bomb planted by North Korean agents with the loss of all 115 people aboard.
In 2001, George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.
Ten years ago: Celebrity publicist Lizzie Grubman left the Suffolk County, N.Y., jail after serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence for backing her sport utility vehicle into a crowd outside a trendy Hamptons nightclub and fleeing.
Five years ago: A court in Sudan convicted British teacher Gillian Gibbons of insulting Islam for letting her pupils name a teddy bear "Muhammad" and sentenced her to 15 days in prison. (Gibbons was pardoned after spending more than a week in custody; she then left the country.)
Today's Birthdays: Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 85. Former French President Jacques Chirac is 80. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 79. Actress Diane Ladd is 77. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 72. Country singer Jody Miller is 71. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere is 70. Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is 66. Comedian Garry Shandling is 63. Actor Jeff Fahey is 60. Movie director Joel Coen is 58. Actor-comedian-celebrity judge Howie Mandel is 57. Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano is 55. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, is 53. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 52. Actress Kim Delaney is 51. Actor Tom Sizemore is 51. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 50. Actor Don Cheadle is 48. Actor-producer Neill Barry is 47. Musician Wallis Buchanan is 47. Pop singer Jonathan Knight is 44. Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 44. Actress Jennifer Elise Cox is 43. Actor Larry Joe Campbell is 42. Rock musician Frank Delgado is 42. Actress Paola Turbay is 42. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 41. Actor Brian Baumgartner is 40. Actress Anna Faris is 36. Actor Julian Ovenden is 36. Gospel singer James Fortune is 35. Rapper The Game is 33. Rock musician Ringo Garza is 31. Actor Lucas Black is 30.
Thought for Today: "Statistics can prove anything - even the truth." - Sir Noel Moynihan, British physician and writer (1916-1994).