Glancing Backward, 4/1/13
Today is Monday, April 1, the 91st day of 2013. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 1, 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Lynn Ayres yesterday took the oath of office of Bradford County's Troy-based district magistrate's office.
The Towanda Black Knights opened baseball season yesterday with a 12-3 win over Sullivan County. Senior captains include Jay Martin, Jeff Mahalik and Bill Fierro.
A fire index sign has been erected along Route 6 in Wysox Township.
50 years ago - 1963
Six people of one family, five of them little children, died early yesterday morning in a fire which swept through a home on Mason Alley, Towanda.
It was recently announced that according to records at the Recruiting Main Station, Zade Eberlin of New Albany is the first Bradford County youth to enlist for the U.S. Army Special Forces.
Exhibits at this year's Science Fair at Towanda Area High School were so good, the grand award was split two ways recently when the judges' decisions were announced. Sharing the top honors were an exhibit by Richard Hartman and an exhibit by Clark Sparrow.
75 years ago - 1938
Celebrating his birthday today is Henry A. Crockenberg of Sayre, who is 20 today. "Hank" is a member of the Hills Café bowling team which is leading the League in D division presently.
The St. Agnes High School basketball team closed its 1937-38 season last evening on the Towanda High School court by defeating The Daily Review's carrier boys 45-27.
North Orwell Adult Garden Club will hold a warm sugar social today. This is an April Fool's Day celebration.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1853, Cincinnati, Ohio, established a fire department made up of paid city employees.
In 1912, the city of Branson, Mo., was incorporated.
In 1963, The daytime drama "General Hospital" premiered on ABC-TV.
In 1976, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
In 1983, tens of thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators linked arms in a 14-mile human chain spanning three defense installations in rural England, including the Greenham Common U.S. Air Base.
Ten years ago: American troops entered a hospital in Nasiriyah (nah-sih-REE'-uh), Iraq, and rescued Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who'd been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed on March 23.
Five years ago: Top executives of the country's five biggest oil companies told a skeptical Congress they knew record fuel prices were hurting people, but argued it wasn't their fault and that their huge profits were in line with other industries.
One year ago: A coalition of more than 70 partners, including the United States, pledged to send millions of dollars and communications equipment to Syria's opposition groups.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Debbie Reynolds is 81. Actress Ali MacGraw is 75. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 63. Singer Susan Boyle (TV: "Britain's Got Talent") is 52. Country singer Woody Lee is 45. Actress Jessica Collins is 42. Tennis player Magdalena Maleeva is 38.Actor Sam Huntington is 31. Actor Josh Zuckerman is 28. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 27.