Glancing Backward, 2/26/13
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2013. There are 308 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 26, 1993, a truck bomb built by terrorists exploded in the parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
In an emergency meeting of the Waverly Village Board of Trustees last night, board members voted to sign the Waverly-Barton Economic Development Zone application in lieu of Mayor Andrew Quinlan's signature.
The fans at the sold-out Towanda-Troy basketball game saw Troy tax a last-second win to capture the second-half NTL title. Now, they will face Athens for the overall title.
If you look behind PennDOT's York Avenue office building, you might think Towanda now has its own dome. The dome-shaped building is one of several new storage sheds the transportation department is building from funds provided under the state's superfund program.
50 years ago - 1963
The Joint Operating Committee of the Towanda Area Schools last night held up, at least temporarily, an annual expenditure of between $60 and $75. This came about by refusing to approve the installation of a warning bell-light system that would flash any Civil Defense warnings to the school at the moment they were issued by federal authorities.
Cliff Rogerson, nationally known cartoonist who moved to Wyalusing to get away from the city, is going to draw cartoon strips entitled "Bradford Briefs," which will appear in The Daily Review from time to time.
Sgt. Major Charles French of Wysox, playing recently on the Fort Lee, Va., golf course, scored an ace on the 170-yard 11th hole to become the 29th golfer to make a perfect tee shot on the course.
75 years ago - 1938
Plans were announced yesterday for commemoration of the journey of John Woolman, famous Quaker and "America's Saint," to Wyalusing during June 1763.
Seen about the borough: Jerry, the court house dog, warming himself under every radiator in the place.
Members of the Dairymen's League delivering milk at the Athens plant received an average of nearly $2,000 weekly or a total during the 12-month period of $98,368.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1998, a jury in Amarillo, Texas, rejected an $11 million lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey's talk show for a price fall after a segment on food safety that included a discussion about mad-cow disease.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, offering new justification for war in Iraq, told a think tank that "ending this direct and growing threat" from Saddam Hussein would pave the way for peace in the Middle East and encourage democracy throughout the Arab world. In a victory for abortion foes, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that federal racketeering and extortion laws had been wrongly used to try to stop blockades, harassment and violent protests outside clinics. A fire at the Greenwood Health Center in Hartford, Conn., killed 16 nursing home patients; a patient charged with setting the blaze was later ruled incompetent to stand trial.
Five years ago: A power failure later blamed primarily on human error resulted in sporadic outages across large parts of Florida. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, visiting Beijing, won a verbal assurance from Chinese officials to use their influence to jump-start the stalled process of dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs. The New York Philharmonic, led by Lorin Maazel, performed a historic concert in North Korea before the communist nation's elite. Former Israeli military chief Dan Shomron, who commanded the 1976 hostage rescue at Entebbe, died in Tel Aviv at age 70.
One year ago: In a case that drew national attention, Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he'd acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.) The black-and-white silent film "The Artist" won best picture at the Academy Awards, as well as best actor for Jean Dujardin (zhahn doo-zhahr-DAN') and two other prizes; Meryl Streep won best actress for "The Iron Lady." The West held off a late charge from the East in a 152-149 victory in the NBA All-Star game in Orlando, Fla. The Daytona 500 was postponed for the first time in its 54-year history after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 85. Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 70. Actor-director Bill Duke is 70. Singer Mitch Ryder is 68. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 63. Singer Michael Bolton is 60. Actor Greg Germann is 55. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is 55. Bandleader John McDaniel is 52. Actress Jennifer Grant is 47. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 45. Singer Erykah Badu (EHR'-ih-kah bah-DOO') is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 41. Olympic gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 38. Actor Greg Rikaart is 36. Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 34. Country singer Rodney Hayden is 33. Pop singer Nate Ruess (roos) (fun.) is 31. Actor Alex Heartman (TV: "Power Rangers Samurai") is 23. Actress Taylor Dooley is 20.
Thought for Today: "Nothing is more frightful than laughter when it comes to jealousy." - Francoise Sagan, French author (1935-2004).