Glancing Backward, 2/12/13
Today is Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2013. There are 322 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Celebrating his birthday today is J.P. Stevens of Towanda, an employee of DuPont.
Highlighted by the 1,000th career point of Donna Pautz, the Troy Trojans took over sole possession of first place in the Northern Tier League last night with a 43-41 win over the Towanda Black Knights in basketball.
Almost 500 people came to the Towanda Middle School yesterday to take advantage of a free cooking course sponsored by The Daily Review and various area businesses.
50 years ago - 1963
The Claverack Electric Cooperative has moved its headquarters from 507 Main Street in Towanda to its new facility along Route 6 in Standing Stone Township.
Al Bluhm of Laceyville has purchased the Karschner and Eaton Ford agency in Wyalusing, The business will be known as Al Bluhm Ford Sales.
Celebrating their birthdays today are Mrs. Willis Greenough and Mrs. Charles Beal, both of Troy and both members of the Thursday Study Club there.
75 years ago - 1938
Celebrating her birthday today is Mrs. Chester Burdette of the Green Shutter Inn, Laceyville.
The preliminaries of the Bradford County Speaking Contest were held in Towanda yesterday. The winning boys were Walter Keir of Ulster, Leland Morley of Athens, Donald Heath of Wyalusing, Douglas Jones of Warren Center and Loyd Davis of LeRaysville. The winning girls were Ruth Oakley of Wyalusing, Georgianna Russell of Towanda, Mary Osborne of LeRaysville, Doris Boudman of Ulster and Norma Moon of New Albany.
Seen about the borough: A 100-lb sack of potatoes in a bank corridor.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who'd claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.
In 1818, Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.
In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.
In 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.
In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington D.C., a year to the day after groundbreaking.
In 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York.
In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" debuted with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.
In 1959, the redesigned Lincoln penny - with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing two ears of wheat on the reverse side - went into circulation.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a reception at the White House. A Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 720 broke up during severe turbulence and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 43 people aboard.
In 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.
In 1993, in a crime that shocked and outraged Britons, two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, lured 2-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a shopping mall near Liverpool, England, then beat him to death. (Thompson and Venables were kept in custody before being paroled in 2001 at age 18; Venables was jailed in 2010 for possessing and distributing child pornography.)
In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Ten years ago: The U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties, sending the dispute to the Security Council. India conducted its fourth missile test of 2003, firing a supersonic cruise missile. Holiday Inn chain founder Kemmons Wilson died in Memphis, Tenn., at age 90.
Five years ago: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain won their respective parties' primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. General Motors reported losing $38.7 billion in 2007, a record annual loss in automotive history, and offered buyouts to 74,000 hourly workers. Imad Mughniyeh, one of world's most wanted terrorists, was killed in a car bombing in Damascus, Syria. Character actor David Groh died in Los Angeles at age 68. Uno became the first beagle named Westminster's best in show.
One year ago: Adele emerged as the top winner at the Grammy Awards, winning six trophies, including record, song and album of the year, in a ceremony shadowed by the death of Whitney Houston the day before. State governor Henrique Capriles won Venezuela's first-ever opposition presidential primary by a wide margin. Irish character actor David Kelly ("Waking Ned Devine") died in Dublin at age 82.
Today's Birthdays: Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 90. Actor Louis Zorich is 89. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 87. Movie director Costa-Gavras is 80. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 79. Actor Joe Don Baker is 77. Author Judy Blume is 75. Rock musician Ray Manzarek is 74. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is 71. Country singer Moe Bandy is 69. Actress Maud Adams is 68. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 67. Actor Michael Ironside is 63. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 63. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 61. Actress Joanna Kerns is 60. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 58. Actor John Michael Higgins is 50. Actor Raphael Sbarge is 49. Actress Christine Elise is 48. Actor Josh Brolin is 45. Singer Chynna Phillips is 45. Rock musician Jim Creeggan is 43. Musician Keri Lewis is 42. Actor Jesse Spencer is 34. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 33. Actress Christina Ricci is 33. NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III is 23. Actress Jennifer Stone is 20.
Thought for Today: "Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self-control." - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).