Glancing Backward, 2/4/13
Today is Monday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2013. There are 330 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks, a black woman whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus to a white man sparked a civil rights revolution, was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
The new members of the Bradford County Retirement Board were sworn into office yesterday. Membership consists of Commissioner Chairman William McNett, Commissioner Robert Horton, Chief Clerk Gary Wood, County Treasurer Nancy Schrader and Commissioner Richard Eaton.
A Bradford County fire communications operations plan received the commissioners' approval at a recent board meeting. The plan details how the county communications center responds to fire-related emergencies. It further outlines the equipment used in these responses.
For greater efficiency of operations in these departments, the Bradford County Commissioners yesterday approved the transfer of Mary Jane Stanton, manor activities director, to activities director/volunteer coordinator.
50 years ago - 1963
This year at Towanda High School, for the first time, a new type of instruction is available for seventh and eighth grade boys. Joseph Moore, physical education teacher, with the help of the varsity wrestlers, provides instruction for intramural wrestling.
John E. Griffin of Towanda was one of eight Internal Revenue Service employees assigned to the Williamsport Division to be honored. Griffin, collection manager at the Williamsport office, received a 25-year award.
State Employment Service offices in Sayre and Towanda made 1,094 job placements in 1962, according to Martin J. Cotter, manager of the Sayre office.
75 years ago - 1938
Fred McIntyre, who prides himself on knowing much about old times in Bradford County, dug up yesterday a clipping yellowed with age which gives some interesting facts about Stephen Collins Foster. It will be recalled that Foster lived here in his boyhood.
Dr. Willis Redding of Towanda has been elected president of the Bradford County Medical Society to serve through the coming year.
Twenty men will spend six months or more registering and marking the graves of war veterans buried in Bradford County if plans worked out yesterday go through as expected. Those in charge estimate there are 7,000 such graves within the county limits.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: President George W. Bush proposed a record $3.1 trillion budget that included huge deficits. Thomas S. Monson was introduced as the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, succeeding the late Gordon B. Hinckley. Harry Richard Landis, the next-to-last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, died near Tampa, Fla., at age 108. (The last surviving U.S. World War I vet, Frank Buckles, died in February 2011.)
One year ago: Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at ending Syria's bloodshed. Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney cruised to a decisive victory in the Nevada caucuses. Running back Curtis Martin, the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history, and linemen Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf and Dermontti Dawson were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with senior committee choice Jack Butler. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide. Florence Green, who had served with the Women's Royal Air Force and was recognized as the last veteran of World War I, died in King's Lynn, eastern England, at age 110.
Today's Birthdays: Actor William Phipps is 91. Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 82. Comedian David Brenner is 77. Actor Gary Conway is 77. Movie director George A. Romero is 73. Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 72. Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 69. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 66. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 65. Actor Michael Beck is 64. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 61. Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 54. Rock singer Tim Booth is 53. Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 52. Country singer Clint Black is 51.
Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 50. Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 47. Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 43. Actor Rob Corddry is 42. Singer David (dah-VEED') Garza is 42. Actor Michael Goorjian is 42. Olympic gold medal boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 40. Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 38. Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO'-lee-ah) is 38. Rapper Cam'ron is 37. Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 36. Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 25.
Thought for Today: "Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death." - Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish philosopher (1864-1936).