Glancing Backward, 11/3/12
Today is Saturday, Nov. 3, the 308th day of 2012. There are 58 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour.
Today's Highlights in History:
On Nov. 3, 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush. In Illinois, Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Towanda Borough Council last night approved the purchase of a $25,300 computer system to replace the borough's current system, currently overloaded with municipal records.
A luncheon hosted yesterday at Bishop's Restaurant in Ulster honored Mrs. Mary Howie Gillette on her 98th birthday and recognized her for her service to the community, particularly in her role as librarian at Mather Memorial Library for 26 years.
Ted Clark's Busy Market in Waverly recently expanded, and now has twice as much size and service than was previously offered.
50 years ago - 1962
In the annual Halloween window painting contest sponsored by the Wyalusing Fortnightly Club, first prize was awarded to the Wyalusing Valley High School Art Club and another first prize to Mrs. Neuber's sixth graders of the Wyalusing Elementary School.
Dr. S.B. Fleagle of East Smithfield and Dr. H.H. Jacobson of Athens have been named physicians in charge of Bradford County's two Civil Defense emergency hospitals located at the county home and the Athens Main Elementary School.
A total of $385 was collected in Towanda last week for UNICEF, under the auspices of the Towanda Ministerial Association.
75 years ago - 1937
Bradford County Judge Charles M. Culver, who took the stump last year for the Republican party and has been one of the New Deal's most severe critics, was re-elected for another 10-year term yesterday by a majority which will be in the neighborhood of 4,000.
Mrs. Richard H. Eggleston, 81, widow of Robert Packer, founder of the Packer Hospital, died yesterday morning at her home in New York City.
Joseph W. Beaman, member of the Towanda American Legion post, has been appointed state chairman of the committee for education of war orphans by the state commander, William Smith, of Punxsutawney.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1900, the first major U.S. automobile show opened at New York's Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.
In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
In 1911, the Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. (The company was acquired by General Motors in 1918.)
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. "Alf" Landon.
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named Laika who was sacrificed in the experiment.
In 1960, the Meredith Willson musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" opened on Broadway with Tammy Grimes in the title role.
In 1961, Burmese diplomat U Thant was appointed acting U.N. Secretary-General following the death of Dag Hammarskjold. President John F. Kennedy established the U.S. Agency for International Development.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeated Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.
In 1970, Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile.
In 1979, five Communist Workers Party members were killed in a clash with heavily armed Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis during an anti-Klan protest in Greensboro, N.C.
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair began to come to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Lois Smith is 82. Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis is 79. Actor-dancer Ken Berry is 79. Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally is 73. Actor Shadoe Stevens is 66. Singer Lulu is 64. Comedian-actress Roseanne Barr is 60. Actress Kate Capshaw is 59. Comedian Dennis Miller is 59. Actress Kathy Kinney is 59. Singer Adam Ant is 58. Actor Dolph Lundgren is 55. Rock musician C.J. Pierce (Drowning Pool) is 40. Olympic gold medal figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is 30. Actress Julie Berman (TV: "General Hospital") is 29.
Thought for Today: "You must be true to yourself. Strong enough to be true to yourself. Brave enough to be strong enough to be true to yourself. Wise enough to be brave enough, to be strong enough to shape yourself from what you actually are." - Sylvia Constance Ashton-Warner, New Zealander author and educator (1908-1984).