Glancing Backward 12/15/2013
Today is Sunday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2013. There are 16 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 15, 1938, groundbreaking for the Jefferson Memorial took place in Washington, D.C. with President Franklin D. Roosevelt taking part in the ceremony.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
A gingerbread replica of the Wyalusing Hotel, made by Helen Lisella and her son, Joe, of Towanda, is one of the items that will be raffled off during the Christmas in the Village celebration in Wyalusing.
A pavilion, decorated for the holiday season, has been completed by the Red Rock Job Corp. It is located across from the Sullivan County courthouse in Laporte.
Cub Scout Pack 1 of Athens collected food door-to-door and presented it to the Salvation Army.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.
In 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a confrontation with Indian police.
In 1961, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for crimes against humanity. (Eichmann was hanged 5½ months later.)
In 1962, the Vail Mountain ski resort in Colorado officially opened.
In 1965, two U.S. manned spacecraft, Gemini 6A and Gemini 7, maneuvered to within 10 feet of each other while in orbit.
In 1971, the Secret Service appointed its first five female special agents.
In 1989, a popular uprising began in Romania that resulted in the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (chow-SHES'-koo).
In 2001, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, was reopened to the public after a $27 million realignment that had dragged on for over a decade.
Ten years ago: Former nurse Charles Cullen was charged with murder after telling prosecutors he had killed 30 to 40 severely ill patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1987 by injecting them with drugs. (Cullen later pleaded guilty to killing 29 people and attempting to kill six others; he was sentenced to 18 life prison terms.)
One year ago: A day after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., investigators worked to understand what led 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza to slaughter 26 children and adults after also killing his mother and before taking his own life. In his Saturday radio address, President Barack Obama declared that "every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt" and said it was time to "take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this."
Today's Birthdays: Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 80. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 74. Rock musician Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) is 67. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 58. Actress Molly Price is 48. Figure skater Surya Bonaly is 40. Actor Adam Brody is 34. Actress Michelle Dockery (TV: "Downton Abbey") is 32. Actress Camilla Luddington (TV: "Grey's Anatomy") is 30. Rock musician Alana Haim (HYM) is 22. Actress Stefania Owen is 16.
Thought for Today: "The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh." - Minna Antrim, American writer (1856-1950).