Glancing Backward, 12/2/12
Today is Sunday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2012. There are 29 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 2, 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Something almost "miraculous" would have to take place for Bradford County to come up with a 1988 budget that does not reflect a tax increase, said Commissioner Chairman Robert Horton yesterday.
Residents of the Bradford County Manor kicked off the Christmas season this week with a "shoppers day." Items were brought in to the Manor so it would be easy for residents to do some of their Christmas shopping.
The Wysox Area Chamber of Commerce has announced sponsorship of a lighting contest in Wysox Township and Macedonia. There are three categories being judged: mass lighting, door entrance and religious theme.
75 years ago - 1937
Wysauking Grange No. 58 met recently and elected officers, including Master Willis Jennings.
Yesterday marked the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Howell of New Albany.
History once again repeats itself when St. Agnes High and the alumni meet for their annual basketball encounter in the Towanda High gym this evening.
Elsewhere on this date:
Ten years ago: A statement attributed to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the car-bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya and the attempted shoot-down of an Israeli airliner, both on Nov. 28. The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether minorities could be given a boost to get into universities. (A divided Court later allowed the nation's colleges and universities to select students based in part on race, but emphasized that race could not be the overriding factor.) Italian interior designer and architect Achille Castiglioni died in Milan at age 84.
Five years ago: Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez) suffered defeat as voters rejected sweeping constitutional reforms by 51 to 49 percent. Russian President Vladimir Putin's party swept 70 percent of the seats for a new parliament in a vote whose fairness was called into question by European election monitors. Brian Wilson, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin, Diana Ross and pianist Leon Fleisher were the latest U.S. artists to receive Kennedy Center honors for their career achievements.
One year ago: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) vowed to work together to promote democratic reforms in Suu Kyi's long-isolated and authoritarian homeland. The Labor Department announced the unemployment rate had fallen to 8.6 percent in Nov. 2011, the lowest since March 2009.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Julie Harris is 87. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 81. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is 73. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 68. Movie director Penelope Spheeris is 67. Actor Ron Raines is 63. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 62. Actor Keith Szarabajka is 60. Actor Dan Butler is 58. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 58. Actor Dennis Christopher is 57. Actor Steven Bauer is 56. Country singer Joe Henry is 52. Rock musician Rick Savage (Def Leppard) is 52. Rock musician Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) is 44. Actress Suzy Nakamura is 44. Actress Rena Sofer is 44. Rock singer Jimi (cq) HaHa (Jimmie's Chicken Shack) is 44. Actress Lucy Liu (loo) is 44. Rapper Treach (Naughty By Nature) is 42. Tennis player Monica Seles is 39. Singer Nelly Furtado is 34. Pop singer-celebrity judge Britney Spears is 31. Actress-singer Jana Kramer is 29. Actress Daniela Ruah (roo-ah) is 29. Actor Alfie Enoch is 24. Actresses Deanna and Daniella Canterman are 20.
Thought for Today: "Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them." - Washington Irving, American author (1783-1859).