Glancing Backward 2/24/2014
Today is Monday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2014. There are 310 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 24, 1864, according to the National Park Service, the first Union prisoners arrived at the Confederates' Andersonville prison camp in Georgia. During its 14 months of existence, the overcrowded camp ended up holding some 45,000 men, more than four times its intended capacity; nearly 13,000 prisoners perished from disease, starvation or exposure.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
State Rep. J. Scot Schadwick presented a citation on behalf of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Ridgebury Township Police Chief Gene Leonard, who is retiring after 25 years of dedicated service.
The installation of new officers was the highlight of the recent meeting of the Endless Mountains Rainbow Girls held in Towanda.
Heather Marie Gowin, 6, of Sayre, has been accepted as a state finalist in the Miss Pennsylvania American Princess Pageant to be held at the Pittsburgh Hilton and Towers.
50 years ago - 1964
The regular monthly meeting of the Troy B.P.W. Club was held recently with 19 members present.
The Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting recently. The group was greeted with the announcement by President Fran Palumbo that since January 1960 the Auxiliary has given $20,000 to the hospital.
The Region II Pennsylvania State Chorus performed at Athens High School recently with a capacity crowd of over 1,100 persons.
75 years ago - 1939
Miss Margaret Wolfe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wolfe of Towanda, and a graduate of Towanda High School, is mentioned in the Dean's List of Honor at Albright College.
Recently a large party of friends, relatives and neighbors gathered at Potterville Hall to honor Mr. and Mrs. Leo Edsell on the 35th anniversary of their wedding.
Much interest was shown by the attendance at the meeting on maple sure making, held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Russell.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued an edict outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)
In 1803, in its Marbury v. Madison decision, the Supreme Court established judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes.
In 1821, Mexican rebels proclaimed the Plan de Iguala, their declaration of independence from Spain.
In 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.
In 1912, the American Jewish women's organization Hadassah was founded in New York City.
In 1920, the German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
In 1938, the first nylon bristle toothbrush, manufactured by DuPont under the name "Dr. West's Miracle Toothbrush," went on sale. (Previously, toothbrush bristles were made from animal hair.)
In 1961, the Federal Communications Commission authorized the nation's first full-scale trial of pay television in Hartford, Conn.
In 1988, in a ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $150,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.
In 1989, a state funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who had died the month before at age 87.
In 1994, entertainer Dinah Shore died in Beverly Hills, Calif., five days before turning 78.
Ten years ago: Democrat John Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Idaho, and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis Kucinich. President George W. Bush urged approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.
Five years ago: In the first prime-time speech of his term, President Barack Obama appeared before Congress to sketch an agenda that began with jobs, then broadened quickly to include a stable credit system, better schools, health care reform, reliable domestic sources of energy and an end to the war in Iraq.
One year ago: Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter's Square. At the Academy Awards,
Today's Birthdays: Actor Abe Vigoda is 93. Actor Steven Hill is 92. Actress Emmanuelle Riva is 87. Actor-singer Dominic Chianese (kee-uh-NAY'-see) is 83. Movie composer Michel Legrand is 82. Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., is 72. Actor Barry Bostwick is 69. Actor Edward James Olmos is 67. Rock singer-musician George Thorogood is 64. Actress Debra Jo Rupp is 63. Actress Helen Shaver is 63. News anchor Paula Zahn is 58. Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray is 58. Actor Mark Moses is 56. Singer Michelle Shocked is 52. Actor Billy Zane is 48. Actress Bonnie Somerville is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandon Brown (Mista) is 31. Rock musician Matt McGinley (Gym Class Heroes) is 31. Actor Wilson Bethel is 30.
Thought for Today: "It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring." - Alfred Adler, Austrian psychoanalyst (1870-1937).