Glancing Backward, 3/30/13
Today is Saturday, March 30, the 89th day of 2013. There are 276 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan escaped an attempt on his life outside a Washington D.C. hotel, where he was shot and seriously wounded by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Workers from Beck Electric Construction of Sunbury began traffic light installation this week at the intersection of Routes 6 and 706 in Wyalusing.
Linde Enterprises Inc. work crews yesterday were finishing installation of the first of five pump stations to be installed as part of the Wysox Municipal Authority sewer project now under way.
The Towanda After Five Club held its annual spring fashion show recently at the Williamston Inn with the theme of this meeting being "Fashion with a Flair. Fashions from Hoffman's in Towanda and Towne Toggery, Athens, were presented by models.
50 years ago - 1963
Celebrating his birthday tomorrow is Eugene Case of Troy, assistant county superintendent of schools.
Business firms of Laceyville and surrounding area have combined their interest to present the number one social event of the year - the Laceyville Fashion Show.
Dmitry Hercenberg Jr. of New Era was elected president of the 1963 graduating class at the Lackawanna Junior College, Scranton.
75 years ago - 1938
William Beechey is building an addition to his greenhouse in Fassett.
Celebrating his birthday today is T. Otho Wiggins, burgess of Monroeton and an employee at the Gillette & Co. garage in Towanda.
The McConnell Aces of the Canton Industrial Bowling League took two out of three games from the Monarchs recently.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1135, the Jewish philosopher Maimonides was born in Cordoba in present-day Spain.
In 1822, Florida became a United States territory.
In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million.
In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union.
In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened.
In 1923, the Cunard liner RMS Laconia became the first passenger ship to circle the globe as it arrived in New York.
In 1945, the Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.
In 1959, a narrowly divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Bartkus v. Illinois, ruled that a conviction in state court following an acquittal in federal court for the same crime did not constitute double jeopardy.
In 1963, singer Lesley Gore, age 16, recorded her hit "It's My Party" for Mercury Records in New York.
In 1972, North Vietnamese forces launched their three-pronged Easter Offensive against South Vietnam; the fighting lasted until the following October.
In 1986, actor James Cagney died at his farm in Stanfordville, N.Y., at age 86.
In 2002, Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth died at Royal Lodge, Windsor, outside London; she was 101 years old.
Ten years ago: A Palestinian suicide bomber wounded some 30 people outside a packed cafe in northern Israel, an attack the Islamic Jihad called "Palestine's gift to the heroic people of Iraq."
Today's Birthdays: Game show host Peter Marshall is 87. Actor Richard Dysart is 84. Actor John Astin is 83. Entertainer Rolf Harris is 83. Actor-director Warren Beatty is 76. Rock musician Graeme Edge (The Moody Blues) is 72. Rock musician Eric Clapton is 68. Actor Justin Deas is 65. Actor Robbie Coltrane is 63. Actor Paul Reiser is 56. Rap artist MC Hammer is 50. Singer Tracy Chapman is 49. Actor Ian Ziering is 49. Singer Celine Dion is 45. Actor Mark Consuelos is 42. Actress Bahar Soomekh is 38. Actress Jessica Cauffiel is 37. Singer Norah Jones is 34. Actress Fiona Gubelmann is 33. Actress Katy Mixon is 32. Actor Jason Dohring is 31. Country singer Justin Moore is 29.
Thought for Today: "Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience." - Benjamin N. Cardozo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1870-1938).