Glancing Backward, 2/2/13
Today is Saturday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2013. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 2, 1913, New York City's rebuilt Grand Central Terminal officially opened to the public at one minute past midnight.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
At their monthly meeting last night the Wyalusing Borough Council voted to use $16,000 in leftover Community Development Block Grant funds toward the purchase of water meters for the borough.
Towanda Borough Council amended their sewer ordinance last night which calls for a rate increase from $2.10 per 1,000 gallons water to $2.50 per 1,000 gallons.
After serving as vice president and manager of the Towanda branch of Citizens and Northern Bank, Gary Goodreau yesterday took his new position as senior vice president of the Nichols National Bank.
50 years ago - 1963
An emergency meeting of the users of city heat has been called this morning in the courthouse to take action on a grim situation: only 11,800 gallons of fuel oil in the tanks of the City Heat Co. in Towanda, no cash on hand to purchase additional supplies, and the firm's credit exhausted.
Michael Aia, Sylvania engineer, has two new patents just issued to him from Washington. Aia is in the lamp phosphor research and development group at Sylvania in Towanda.
Ben Ballard of Troy, former county commissioner, celebrated a birthday yesterday.
75 years ago - 1938
It was reported last night that the Chevrolet garage in Towanda, operated for some years by Russell H. White, had been sold to Wesley Perry of Scranton.
Celebrating her birthday today is Lucy E. Acia of Towanda, who is a teacher in the Laquin school.
Two white "ghost" cars have been assigned for the use of the Towanda substation of the Pennsylvania Motor Police. These cars are sedans and will be used by the patrolmen in lieu of motorcycles.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1536, present-day Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
In 1653, New Amsterdam - now New York City - was incorporated.
In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, was signed.
In 1870, the "Cardiff Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum.
In 1882, Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was born near Dublin.
In 1887, Punxsutawney, Pa., held its first Groundhog Day festival.
In 1912, Frederick R. Law parachuted from the torch of the Statue of Liberty in a stunt filmed by Pathe (PA'-thay) News.
In 1922, the James Joyce novel "Ulysses" was published in Paris on Joyce's 40th birthday.
In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.
In 1961, hijackers of a Portuguese ocean liner, the Santa Maria, allowed the passengers and crew to disembark in Brazil, a week and a-half after seizing the ship.
In 1971, Idi Amin, having seized power in Uganda, proclaimed himself president.
In 1988, in a speech the broadcast television networks declined to carry live, President Ronald Reagan pressed his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
Ten years ago: The search continued for pieces of the space shuttle Columbia, a day after the spacecraft disintegrated during re-entry over Texas, killing all seven astronauts. A hotel fire in northeastern China killed some three dozen people. An explosion destroyed a bank building in Lagos, Nigeria, killing at least 46 people. The American Football Conference won the Pro Bowl, defeating the National Football Conference 45-20.
Five years ago: A gunman killed five women at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, Ill., in an apparent botched robbery attempt (the case remains unsolved). French President Nicolas Sarkozy (sahr-koh-ZEE') and former supermodel Carla Bruni were married at the presidential Elysee Palace. Former Washington Redskins players Art Monk and Darrell Green were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas. Former Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz died in Washington, D.C., at age 98. Actor Barry Morse died in London at age 89.
One year ago: Egyptian security forces clashed with stone-throwing protesters enraged by the failure of police to prevent a soccer riot that killed 74 people. Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney for president.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Elaine Stritch is 88. Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing (val-eh-REE' ZHEES'-kahr deh-STANG') is 87. Actor Robert Mandan is 81. Comedian Tom Smothers is 76. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 71. Actor Bo Hopkins is 71. Television executive Barry Diller is 71. Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 67. TV chef Ina (EE'-nuh) Garten is 65. Actor Jack McGee is 64. Actor Brent Spiner (SPY'-nur) is 64. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 64. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is 61. Model Christie Brinkley is 59. Actor Michael Talbott is 58. Actress Kim Zimmer is 58. Actor Michael T. Weiss is 51. Actor-comedian Adam Ferrara is 47. Rock musician Robert DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 47. Actress Jennifer Westfeldt is 43.
Rock musician Ben Mize is 42. Rapper T-Mo is 41. Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur is 40. Actress Lori Beth Denberg is 37. Singer Shakira is 36. Country singer Blaine Larsen is 27. Actress Zosia Mamet (TV: "Girls") is 25.
Thought for Today: "Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great." - Bussy-Rabutin, French soldier and writer (1618-1693).