Glancing Backward, 4/14/13
Today is Sunday, April 14, the 104th day of 2013. There are 261 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Six vacancies are open in SRU High School's sports program, according to James Young, athletic director for the Athens Area School District. Four athletic coaches, including the high school's assistant athletic director, gave their resignations, which have been confirmed by Young.
Calvin Thomas of Wyalusing, a senior at Wyalusing High School, is celebrating a birthday today.
Kate Haggerty, a senior at Athens High School, recently competed in a Scholastic Art Exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum. She was awarded a Gold Key for her entry of a runner in pencil drawing.
75 years ago - 1938
The Rainbow Club of Wyalusing met recently. The new president is Raymond W. Platt.
Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Stone opened the Cabin-on-the-Rocks in Wyalusing for the summer recently. This is earlier than usual, but Mrs. Stone states that inquiries for rates, dinners and other business have been coming in for some time, so they plan to be ready to serve dinners by Easter Sunday.
Members of the Bradford County Principals' Club met recently for the final meeting of the year. Election of officers was held, and the president was named as John G. Raffensperger, principal of Towanda High School.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship's time and began sinking. (The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later with the loss of 1,514 lives.)
In 1956, Ampex Corp. demonstrated its videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago.
Ten years ago: Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit fell with unexpectedly light resistance, the last Iraqi city to succumb to overpowering U.S.-led ground and air forces. U.S. commandos in Baghdad captured Abul Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in 1985. (Abbas died in March 2004 while in U.S. custody.) Four Islamic militants were convicted in a deadly bombing outside the U.S. Consulate in Pakistan. Assailants armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun opened fire at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans, killing one youth and wounding three others. (Six people later received prison sentences in connection with the shooting.)
Five years ago: Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. announced they were combining. Kidnapped British journalist Richard Butler was rescued by Iraqi troops from a house in Basra after two months in captivity. Media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi won a decisive victory in Italy's parliamentary election. Carme Chacon was sworn into office as Spain's first woman defense minister. Taylor Swift won video of the year and female video for her smash "Our Song" while newcomer Kellie Pickler took home three awards during the Country Music Television awards.
One year ago: In Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built, thousands attended a choral requiem at the Anglican St. Anne's Cathedral or a nationally televised concert at the city's Waterfront Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman is 83. Actor Jay Robinson is 83. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 81. Actress Julie Christie is 73. Retired MLB All-Star Pete Rose is 72. Rock musician Ritchie Blackmore is 68. Actor John Shea is 64. Actor-turned-race car driver Brian Forster is 53. Actor Brad Garrett is 53. Actor Robert Carlyle is 52. Rock singer-musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 51.
Actor Robert Clendenin is 49. Actress Catherine Dent is 48. Actor Lloyd Owen is 47. Retired MLB All-Star Greg Maddux is 47. Rock musician Barrett Martin is 46. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 45. Actor Adrien Brody is 40. Classical singer David Miller is 40. Rapper DaBrat is 39. Actor Antwon Tanner is 38. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 36. Actor-producer Rob McElhenney is 36. Rock singer Win Butler (Arcade Fire) is 33. Actress Claire Coffee is 33.
Actor Christian Alexander is 23. Actor Nick Krause is 21. Actress Vivien Cardone is 20. Actor Graham Phillips (TV: "The Good Wife") is 20. Actress Abigail Breslin is 17.
Thought for Today: "Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading." - George Macaulay Trevelyan, English historian (1876-1962).