Glancing Backward, 2/23/13
Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2013. There are 311 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 23, 1863, British explorers John H. Speke and James A. Grant announced they had found the source of the Nile River to be Lake Victoria. (This finding was disputed by Speke's colleague, Richard F. Burton, who felt that proof was lacking, but the lake is now considered the Nile's source.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Seen Around the Area: Wayne Thomas getting ready to retire at the Towanda A&P after a 47-year career with A&P.
The Sayre Sportsmen Club met at the Sullivan Trail Gun Club in North Chemung for the latest Owl League Shoot. The results of the weekend shoot with 334 shooters participating saw Sayre finish first place in skeet and fourth place in trap.
Jared Lynne Landmesser, son of Lynne and Carol Landmesser of Rome, celebrated his 8th birthday yesterday.
50 years ago - 1963
Albert Noiseux, a junior at St. Agnes High School, has been named as winner of the 1962-63 Bradford County Employ the Physically Handicapped Essay Contest.
Dedication and Blessing ceremonies for the new St. Agnes Parochial School, Towanda, have been announced by the Chancellor's office of the Diocese of Scranton for this afternoon.
The Canton Warriors pulled a minor upset last night when they defeated the Athens Bulldogs 69-50 on the basketball court, sending the Bulldogs into a second-place tie in RTL standings for the season.
75 years ago - 1938
Seen about the borough: A former district attorney displaying his proficiency in second-story work by climbing into the window of his Mercur Block office.
Celebrating her birthday today is Miss Jean M. Dennis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Dennis and a stenographer in the office of the Dunn Insurance Agency in Towanda.
For the first time since the Lehigh Valley railroad was constructed, Towanda will not have 24-hour service starting today.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi.
In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.
In 1965, film comedian Stan Laurel, 74, died in Santa Monica, Calif.
In 1970, Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
In 1981, an attempted coup began in Spain as 200 members of the Civil Guard invaded Parliament, taking lawmakers hostage. (However, the attempt collapsed 18 hours later.)
In 1992, the XVI Winter Olympic Games ended in Albertville, France.
Ten years ago: In West Warwick, R.I., relatives of the victims of a deadly nightclub fire were allowed to walk up to the charred rubble to pray and say goodbye. Norah Jones won five Grammys, including album and record of the year.
Five years ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other U.S. officials held daylong meetings with Australian leaders in Canberra. Former United Auto Workers president Douglas A. Fraser died in Southfield, Mich., at age 91.
One year ago: President Barack Obama, speaking in Miami, sought to confront public anxiety over rising gasoline prices as he promoted the expansion of domestic oil and gas exploration, as well as the development of new forms of energy. Former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan was appointed the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy on the Syrian crisis.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Fonda is 73. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff is 70. Author John Sandford is 69. Singer-musician Johnny Winter is 69. Country-rock musician Rusty Young is 67. Actress Patricia Richardson is 62. Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 61. Singer Howard Jones is 58. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 51. Country singer Dusty Drake is 49. Actress Kristin Davis is 48. Tennis player Helena Sukova is 48. Actor Marc Price is 45. Actress Niecy Nash is 43. Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) is 42. Country singer Steve Holy is 41.
Rock musician Lasse (loss) Johansson (The Cardigans) is 40. Actress Kelly Macdonald is 37. Actress Emily Blunt is 30. Actor Aziz Ansari is 30. Actress Dakota Fanning is 19.
Thought for Today: "Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978).