Glancing Backward, 12/26/12
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 26, the 361st day of 2012. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 26, 1972, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo., at age 88.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
A living Nativity scene was presented on the lawn of the Christ Episcopal Church on Christmas Eve by members of KEY, the church's youth group. Members of the group acted out the roles while adults from the church sang traditional hymns and carols.
The Sayre Senior Citizens Club held its annual Christmas banquet at the Keystone Inn recently. After dinner, the following officers for 1988 were installed: William T. Husick, president; Harry Tyson, first vice president; Percy Dove, second vice president; Nellie Hoyt, secretary; Barbara Adams, assistant secretary; Hazel Walker, treasurer; Nora Johnson, assistant treasurer.
C. Michael Vaughn is celebrating his 8th birthday today.
50 years ago - 1962
Two stores and the fire house were destroyed, another store gutted, a fourth heavily damaged, and six people in four families were driven from their second-floor apartments in a fire which threatened the whole Laceyville business district Christmas morning. The fire started in the fire house itself, apparently from an exploding oil burner.
Turkey featured the Christmas dinner menu for the prisoners at the county jail. There was also dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, pickles, bread, coffee and pumpkin pie for the 20 male prisoners.
The New York Harlem Astronauts will appear in Troy High School on Jan. 2.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1776, the British suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War.
In 1799, former President George Washington was eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
In 1862, 38 Santee Sioux Indians were hanged in Mankato, Minn., for their roles in an uprising that had claimed the lives of hundreds of white settlers. The Civil War Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, resulting in a Confederate victory, began in Mississippi.
In 1908, Jack Johnson became the first African-American boxer to win the world heavyweight championship as he defeated Canadian Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.
In 1910, the London Palladium, Britain's famous variety theater, first opened.
In 1941, during World War II, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
In 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, the embattled U.S. 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne, Belgium, was relieved by units of the 4th Armored Division.
In 1966, Kwanzaa was first celebrated.
In 1980, Iranian television footage was broadcast in the United States, showing a dozen of the American hostages sending messages to their families.
In 1996, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colo. (To date, the slaying remains unsolved.)
In 2004, some 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia, were killed by a tsunami triggered by the world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years beneath the Indian Ocean.
In 2006, former President Gerald R. Ford died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 93.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Donald Moffat is 82. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on TV's "Sesame Street") is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Abdul "Duke" Fakir (The Four Tops) is 77. Record producer Phil Spector is 73. "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh is 67. Country musician Bob Carpenter (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 66. Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk is 65. Retired MLB All-Star Chris Chambliss is 64. Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is 58. Former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., is 57. Humorist David Sedaris is 56. Rock musician James Kottak is 50. Country musician Brian Westrum (Sons of the Desert) is 50. Rock musician Lars Ulrich (Metallica) is 49. Actress Nadia Dajani is 47. Rock musician J is 45. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 45. Rock musician Peter Klett (Candlebox) is 43. Rock singer James Mercer (The Shins; Flake) is 42. Actor-singer Jared Leto is 41. Rock singer Chris Daughtry is 33. Actress Beth Behrs (TV: "2 Broke Girls") is 27. Actress Eden Sher is 21. Actor Zach Mills is 17.
Thought for Today: "The people can never understand why the President does not use his supposedly great power to make 'em behave. Well all the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway." - President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).