Glancing Backward, 11/6/12
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 6, the 311th day of 2012. There are 55 days left in the year. This is Election Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 6, 1888, Republican Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland with an electoral vote count of 233-168, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
State and local police and the FBI are continuing their investigation into an armed holdup of the United Penn Bank, Route 87, Mehoopany Township, which occurred shortly after noon yesterday.
What was formerly one of the largest rail-repair shops in the country will now be salvage material as workmen raze the old Lehigh Valley Shops on Sayre's East Side.
Guthrie Medical Center President Ralph H. Meyer announced yesterday the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the Sayre House Inc., effective Dec. 31, 1987.
50 years ago - 1962
There's an opening in Towanda for a bright, young lawyer who wants to get a lot of business in a hurry. The borough is badly in need of a solicitor and the councilmen don't know which way to turn.
W.R. O'Rourke of the Towanda-Monroeton Road yesterday sold his business, the O'Rourke Beverage Co., located at 2 Elizabeth Street, to Thomas Verrastro of Moscow, Pa.
Winners in the Ford Motor Company's punt, pass and kick tournament, the local finals of which were staged in Towanda, included: Robert Place, Harry Johnson, Robert Thomson, Harry Johnson, Fred Place, Jeffrey Jones, Danny Fox, Kurt Foster, Michael O'Keefe, Pete Palumbo, Richard Oliver, Gary Bump, Bert Harden and James Meisenhelter.
75 years ago - 1937
In order to make room for the display and fitting of dresses, the Sample Hat Shop on Park Street, Towanda, has been altered considerably. Fitting quarters have been arranged, show cases have been erected and the interior redecorated in a color scheme of green and tan.
Stanley W. Anderson has been appointed manager of the Troy Hotel.
The Pentecostal Church, of which Henry Brown of Rome is leader, is in need of piano and seats. Anyone having either they would care to donate to the South Towanda chapel is urged to get in touch with Brown.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was killed in battle.
In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.
In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.
In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.
In 1928, in a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover's election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.
In 1934, Nebraska voters approved dissolving their two-chamber legislature in favor of a nonpartisan, single (or "unicameral") legislative body, which was implemented in 1937.
In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.
In 1947, "Meet the Press" made its debut on NBC; the first guest was James A. Farley, former postmaster general and former Democratic National Committee Chair; the host was the show's co-creator, Martha Rountree.
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.
In 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy was elected Senator from Massachusetts.
In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.
In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.
Ten years ago: A jury in Beverly Hills, Calif., convicted actress Winona Ryder of stealing $5,500 worth of high-fashion merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store (she ended up serving probation).
Five years ago: Six lawmakers were killed by a suicide bomber in northern Afghanistan during a visit to a sugar factory; 61 students also died as a result of the bombing and shots fired by guards. Country singer Hank Thompson died in Keller, Texas, at age 82. George Osmond, father of Donny and Marie Osmond and patriarch to the family's singing group The Osmond Brothers, died in Provo, Utah, at age 90.
One year ago: Greece's embattled prime minister, George Papandreou, and its main opposition leader, Antonis Samaras, agreed to form an interim government to ensure the country's new European debt deal.
Today's Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 81. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 80. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 75. Singer P.J. Proby is 74. Country singer Guy Clark is 71. Actress Sally Field is 66. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey is 64. Singer Rory Block is 63. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 63. TV host Catherine Crier is 58. California's former first lady, Maria Shriver, is 57. Actress Lori Singer is 55. Actor Lance Kerwin is 52. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 49. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 48. Rock singer Corey Glover is 48. Actor Brad Grunberg is 48. Actor Peter DeLuise is 46. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 44. Actor Ethan Hawke is 42. Actress Thandie Newton is 40. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 40. Actress Zoe McLellan is 38. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 34. Actress Taryn Manning is 34. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 26. Actress Emma Stone is 24. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 23.
Thought for Today: "I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election." - Walt Whitman, American poet (1819-1892).