Glancing Backward, 2/17/13
Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2013. There are 317 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1913, the Armory Show, a landmark exhibit of European modern art, opened in New York City. (One work in the exhibit that stirred much controversy was "Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)," an abstract painting by French artist Marcel Duchamp.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Expressions of appreciation were recently extended Towanda's Clayton Maryott for his many years of service to the Bradford County Board of Assistance board.
Formation of a "transition team" for the future move from the old to the new prison was announced by Bradford County Jail Warden Robert Fauver at yesterday's monthly prison board meeting.
The Northeast Bradford Wrestling Booster Club recently held an Elementary and Junior High Wrestling Tournament. The four wrestlers with the most pins in the least amount of time were Jeffery Coombs of Sayre, Cassidy Shults of New Albany, Bob Cook of Chinchilla and Kris Manning of Athens.
75 years ago - 1938
Lieut. John S. Taylor II is the new commanding officer at CCC Camp No. 80 at Masten replacing Captain A.R. Bullock, who has been transferred to the Farrandsville camp.
Announcement was made yesterday that James Lynch, Grand Knight of the Sayre Council Knights of Columbus, has been appointed by Bishop William J. Hafey of the Scranton diocese to be vice-chairman for Bradford and Sullivan counties to advance Catholic cooperation in the Boy Scout movement.
For the convenience of those who are required by law to file Federal Income Tax Returns, a deputy collector of Internal Revenue will be at the Towanda Post Office for five days in March to assist taxpayers in preparing returns.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1863, the International Red Cross was founded in Geneva.
In 1865, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not clear which side set the blaze.)
In 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting in Washington.
In 1904, the original two-act version of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" was poorly received at its premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy.
In 1933, Newsweek was first published by Thomas J.C. Martyn under the title "News-Week." (The magazine abandoned its print format at the end of last year in favor of an exclusively online edition.)
In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
In 1959, the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellite which carried meteorological equipment.
In 1964, the Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population.
In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed the White House with his wife, Pat, on a historic trip to China.
In 1983, the Scottish comedy-drama "Local Hero" was first released.
In 1988, Lt. Col. William Higgins, a Marine Corps officer serving with a United Nations truce monitoring group, was kidnapped in southern Lebanon by Iranian-backed terrorists (he was later slain by his captors).
In 1993, a ferry carrying some 1,000 people sank off Haiti; at least 700 of the people on board drowned.
Ten years ago: Twenty-one people were killed in a stampede at the crowded E2 nightclub in Chicago. European Union leaders declared their solidarity with the United States, warning Saddam Hussein that Iraq faced one "last chance" to disarm peacefully but calling war a last resort. Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died of heatstroke at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital, less than 24 hours after complaining of dizziness during a spring training workout.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 88. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 83. Singer Bobby Lewis is 80. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka "Dame Edna") is 79. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 78. Actress Christina Pickles is 78. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 77. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 74. Actress Brenda Fricker is 68. Actress Rene Russo is 59. Actor Richard Karn is 57. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 51. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 50. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 50. TV personality Rene Syler is 50. Movie director Michael Bay is 49. Singer Chante Moore is 46. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 43. Actor Dominic Purcell is 43. Olympic gold and silver medal skier Tommy Moe is 43. Actress Denise Richards is 42. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 41. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 39. Country singer Bryan White is 39. Actress Kelly Carlson is 37. Actor Ashton Holmes is 35. Actor Jason Ritter is 33. TV personality Paris Hilton is 32. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 32. Actor Chord Overstreet (TV: "Glee") is 24. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 22. Actress Meaghan Martin is 21.
Thought for Today: "It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture." - Tom Stoppard, Czech-born British playwright (1937- ).