Glancing Backward, 3/5/13
Today is Tuesday, March 5, the 64th day of 2013. There are 301 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 5, 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tenn., along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline's manager).
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Scott Farrell, a Wyalusing Valley junior in the Bradford County Vo-Tech Auto Mechanic course, recently took first place honors in VICA competition at the SUN Area Vocational-Technical School.
Eric Knolles of Athens, Rob Wolfe of Sayre and Wyalusing's Gary Otis lead a group of 10 Bradford County wrestlers into today's semi-final round of the District IV Wrestling Championships being held in Williamsport.
Celebrating her 8th birthday today is Angela Agnew of Rome. She is the daughter of Jim and Darlene Agnew.
50 years ago - 1963
It was announced yesterday that Clifford W. Herman of Sheshequin has taken over the management of the Dean Phipps store in Towanda.
David Douglas of North Towanda Township became curious yesterday as to how thick is the ice on his farm pond. To satisfy his curiosity, Douglas cut a cake of ice out of his pond and found it to be 26 inches thick.
The Bradford County Salary Board yesterday adjusted the salaries of most county employees upward, the rate of increase being about $200 per person per year.
75 years ago - 1938
The Towanda High School Rifle Club will "shoot the works" today at 10 a.m. with pies, cakes, etc. at C.M. Bender's insurance office. This bake sale is the club's first venture to raise money. Jean Burch, Helen Lintern, Joan Law and Elizabeth Patterson are the committee in charge.
The Canton High School basketball team closed its season yesterday by trouncing its old rivals from Troy High by the score of 46-15. The game was played before about 1,000 enthusiastic fans, including a large delegation from Troy.
Celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary tomorrow are Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Swackhammer of Rummerfield.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.
In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.
In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.
In 1934, the first Mothers-in-Law Day celebration and parade took place in Amarillo, Texas.
In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power. Composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at age 61.
In 1960, Cuban newspaper photographer Alberto Korda took the now-famous picture of guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara during a memorial service in Havana for victims of a ship explosion. Elvis Presley was discharged from the U.S. Army.
In 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.
In 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.
In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.
In 1983, Country Music Television made its debut with the video "It's Four in the Morning," performed by Faron Young.
In 1993, Palair Macedonian Airlines Flight 301, a Fokker 100, crashed after taking off from Skopje Airport, killing 83 of the 97 persons aboard.
Ten years ago: In a blunt warning to the United States and Britain, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Russia said they would block any attempt to get U.N. approval for war against Iraq. Thousands of students around the U.S. walked out of classes to protest a possible war. A suicide bus bombing in Haifa, Israel, killed 17 people, including an American teenager. A Kuwaiti policeman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2002 attack that wounded two U.S. soldiers on a Kuwaiti desert highway.
Five years ago: John McCain, having sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, got a White House embrace from President George W. Bush, who praised the Arizona senator's "incredible courage and strength of character and perseverance."
Today's Birthdays: Actor James Noble is 91. Actor James B. Sikking is 79. Actor Dean Stockwell is 77. Actor Fred Williamson is 75. Actress Samantha Eggar is 74. Actor Michael Warren is 67. Actor Eddie Hodges is 66. Singer Eddy Grant is 65. Rock musician Alan Clark is 61. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 59. Magician Penn Jillette is 58. Actress Adriana Barraza is 57. Rock singers Craig and Charlie Reid (The Proclaimers) are 51. Rock musician John Frusciante is 43. Singer Rome is 43. Actor Kevin Connolly is 39. Actress Jill Ritchie is 39. Actress Jolene Blalock is 38. Actress Eva Mendes is 38. Model Niki Taylor is 38. Actor Sterling Knight is 24. Actor Jake Lloyd is 24.
Thought for Today: "To force opinion is like pushing the magnetized needle round by brute strength until it points to where we wish the North Star stood, rather than to where it really is." - Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and essayist (1879-1958).