Glancing Backward, 2/15/13
Today is Friday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2013. There are 319 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 15, 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Towanda's Mayor DeWitt Hild was crowned the 19th King Rex at the annual Mardi Gras held over the weekend in Towanda.
Sleigh drivers and horses gathered for the annual Sleigh Rally yesterday at the Forksville Fairgrounds in Sullivan County.
In city league action recently, Fulmer's downed Soup and Sandwich 53-50, DuPont overcame Christiansen's 87-77 and Moeller's overwhelmed GLC Farms 76-40.
50 years ago - 1963
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Taylor of Rummerfield were married 25 years ago today.
Wyalusing Valley High School annexed its third straight Roosevelt Trail League wrestling championship yesterday by repulsing the Canton High grapplers 26-22.
Boy Scout Post 18 of Sayre, under the leadership of Howard Colwell, became the second unit in the history of the General Sullivan Council to receive the recognition of the Hornaday Unit Award.
75 years ago - 1938
Today the Sayre lodge of Elks will observe the 70th anniversary of the order by a special service at the Past Exalted Rulers' night meeting to be held in the lodge home.
Those sharp-shooting Towanda High School girls defeated the boys again yesterday in a rifle match on the Court Street range, 477-462. Marjorie Shores, who shot a 98 two weeks ago, chalked up a score of 100 yesterday.
Joe Procita, one of the national billiards aces to be seen in Towanda this winter, drew a large crowd to McCracken's yesterday afternoon.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.
In 1952, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain's King George VI, who had died nine days earlier.
In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to the World Championships in Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.
In 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.
In 1992, a Milwaukee jury found that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated 15 men and boys. Benjamin L. Hooks announced plans to retire as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
In 2002, a private funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain's Princess Margaret, who had died six days earlier at age 71.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Allan Arbus is 95. Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 91. Former Defense and Energy Secretary James Schlesinger is 84. Actress Claire Bloom is 82. Author Susan Brownmiller is 78. Songwriter Brian Holland is 72. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 69. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 69. Actress Jane Seymour is 62. Singer Melissa Manchester is 62. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 60. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is 59. Model Janice Dickinson is 58. Actor Christopher McDonald is 58. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 54. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 54. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 53. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 53. Country singer Michael Reynolds (Pinmonkey) is 49. Actor Michael Easton is 46. Rock musician Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool) is 42. Actress Renee O'Connor is 42. Actress Sarah Wynter is 40. Actor-director Miranda July is 39. Rock singer Brandon Boyd (Incubus) is 37. Rock musician Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) is 37. Actress Ashley Lyn Cafagna is 30. Blues-rock musician Gary Clark Jr. is 29. Actress Amber Riley (TV: "Glee") is 27.
Thought for Today: "Nothing is mine, I have only nothing but it is enough, it is beautiful and it is all mine." - Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980).