Glancing Backward, 3/19/13
Today is Tuesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2013. There are 287 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush ordered the start of war against Iraq. (Because of the time difference, it was early March 20 in Iraq.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Work on the new traffic light for Routes 6 and 706 in Wyalusing is scheduled to begin next week.
Athens wrestler Eric Knolles ran into an old nemesis in John Hughes and for the third time the Benton freshman sensation denied the Bulldog grappler a chance at a PIAA state wrestling tournament championship. However, today Knolles goes for a fifth-place finish.
Jeffrey Richard Mahalik recently received the DAR Good Citizen Award from George Clymer Chapter DAR.
50 years ago - 1963
Donald Tuttle, antiques dealer, is opening a shop for their display and sale in the office formerly used by Dr. A.B. Lyon in Ulster.
The Wysox bridge was closed to traffic again last night, when about eight inches of water covered the highway on the north, or Wysox, end.
William W. Harding Jr. of Sayre has taken over the Corning Rambler automobile franchise and has renamed the dealership Hardin's Rambler Inc.
75 years ago - 1938
Attorney Robert L. Bennett of Towanda has been named counsel for the Lackawanna Motor Club in the area. He has been a director of the club for some time.
Superintendent W. Milton Roy announced yesterday that he has called a meeting to be held in the high school next Friday night for the purpose of organizing a Parent-Teacher Association in Towanda Borough.
At the Towanda Public School, it's noted that Miss Brown must have quite an income, what with all the fines she has collected from gum-chewers.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1918, Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time.
In 1931, Nevada Gov. Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino gambling.
In 1943, gangster Frank Nitti, leader of Al Capone's Chicago Outfit, shot himself to death in a railroad yard.
In 1953, the Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time; "The Greatest Show on Earth" was named best picture of 1952.
In 1962, Bob Dylan's first album, titled "Bob Dylan," was released by Columbia Records.
In 1965, the wreck of the Confederate cruiser Georgianna was discovered by E. Lee Spence, 102 years to the day after it had been scuttled.
In 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business.
In 1993, Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White announced plans to retire. (White's departure paved the way for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to become the court's second female justice.)
Today's Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft is 88. Theologian Hans Kung is 85. Jazz musician Ornette Coleman is 83. Author Philip Roth is 80. Actress Renee Taylor is 80. Actress-singer Phyllis Newman is 80. Actress Ursula Andress is 77. Singer Clarence "Frogman" Henry is 76. Singer Ruth Pointeris 67. Actress Glenn Close is 66. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 61. Actor Bruce Willis is 58. Playwright Neil LaBute is 50. Actor Connor Trinneer is 44. Rock musician Gert Bettens (K's Choice) is 43. Rapper Bun B is 40. Rock musician Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) is 37. Actress Abby Brammell is 34. Actor Craig Lamar Traylor is 24. Actor Philip Bolden is 18.
Thought for Today: "One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible." - Henry Brooks Adams, American historian and author (1838-1918).