Glancing Backward, 3/12/13
Today is Tuesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2013. There are 294 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his 30 radio addresses that came to be known as "fireside chats," telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation's economic crisis.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Athens wrestlers Eric Knolles and Grady Forbes, plus Wyalusing's Gary Otis and Wellsboro's Jeff Bailey are just one victory from advancing to next week's PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey.
The annual third and fourth grade spelling bee for Athens Area School District students was held recently. First place in the third grade went to Cole Harrigan. First place in the fourth grade went to Derek Gage.
Students from North Rome Christian School will soon join the Great Balloon Race on March 16. Students will launch 43 helium-filled balloons as part of the nation-wide Writing Pals Balloon Contest sponsored by Weekly Reader, the classroom newspaper.
50 years ago - 1963
Celebrating his birthday today is Edward D. Strickland of Wysox - golfer, farmer, machinery dealer.
With the Armstrong Music House moving to its new location at 503 Main St., Towanda in the First Ward, another modern and attractive establishment has been added to that portion of Towanda's business section.
Stuart Wrisley was appointed as the Burlington Township civil defense director.
75 years ago - 1938
Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Chaffee of East Towanda were married 37 years ago tomorrow. Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee have been custodians of the courthouse for the past 10 years but now operate a lunch room and gas station in East Towanda.
Three-hundred seventy-four acres of land were acquired in Bradford County by the Pennsylvania Game Commission during the month of February. The property acquired will be added to the already large holdings of the state in this county for hunting land.
Miss Olga Brecher, who until recently has been association with the Esther Mae Herman beauty parlor, has resigned her position and plans soon to go into business for herself. She has engaged quarters just north of the Kinney Hotel and they are new being remodeled and redecorated.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to the rank of general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.
In 1938, the Anschluss merging Austria with Nazi Germany took place as German forces crossed the border between the two countries.
In 1980, a Chicago jury found John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. (The next day, Gacy was sentenced to death; he was executed in May 1994.)
Today's Birthdays: Playwright Edward Albee is 85. Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is 81. Actress Barbara Feldon is 80. Broadcast journalist Lloyd Dobyns is 77. Singer Al Jarreau is 73. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 67. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is 66. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 65. Former Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is 65. Rock singer-musician Bill Payne is 64. Actor Jon Provost is 63. Author Carl Hiaasen is 60. Rock musician Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 57. Actor Jerry Levine is 56. Singer Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 56. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 53. Actor Titus Welliver is 52. Former MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry is 51. Actress Julia Campbell is 50. Actor Aaron Eckhart is 45. CNNreporter Jake Tapper is 44. Rock musician Graham Coxon is 44. Musician Tommy Bales (Flynnville Train) is 40. Country singer Holly Williams is 32. Actor Samm Levine is 31. Actor Tyler Patrick Jones is 19. Actress Kendall Applegate is 14.
Thought for Today: "'Home' is any four walls that enclose the right person." - Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950).