Glancing Backward, 4/16/12
Today is Monday, April 16, the 107th day of 2012. There are 259 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 16, 1912, American aviator Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to France in 59 minutes, an accomplishment that was overshadowed by the Titanic disaster the day before.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Some local Native American artifacts are on display at the Bradford County Library. The pieces on display are part of a collection owned by Emory "Red" Allen of Luthers Mills.
North Rome Christian School students from kindergarten through second grade recently visited Maple Madness Camp in Orwell. There, they observed maple syrup being made from start to finish.
Deborah and Eric Stephenson, twin daughter and son of Catherine Stephenson and Robert Stephenson, are 8 years old today.
50 years ago - 1962
Four girls taking business education at Towanda Valley High School are now taking part in a "work experience" program through which they get actual office practice while still going to school. They work half a day and go to school half a day. The girls are Ann Smeck, Elaine Wood, Wilma Sullivan and Sally Place.
The Joint Operating Committee of Tri-County Joint Schools approved the tentative budget recommended by Finance Committee Chairman Charles Husted in the amount of $500,115.
Kenneth Owlett, mayor of Monroe Borough, last night issued a warning to all residents of Monroeton that all dogs should be tied up and should have a 1962 dog license.
75 years ago - 1937
The Morley Theater at Athens, which prides itself in its "firsts," has come forward with a means of making sound pictures more enjoyable for those hard of hearing. Harold "Doc" Weller, proprietor, has installed an "Acousticon Hearing Aid System," which has proven its popularity in the Metropolitan Opera House and Radio City Music Hall.
A search for the best square dance teams of the Northern Tier counties of Pennsylvania is under way as plans are being completed for the Northern Tier Regional Folk Festival.
Towanda's new city directory was delivered to purchasers in Towanda yesterday by the Calkin-Kelly Directory Co. of Binghamton, which has published directories in Towanda at intervals for some years.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: In the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, student Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life. Robert Cheruiyot (CHEHR'-ee-aht) of Kenya won the Boston Marathon for the third time in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 13 seconds; Russia's Lidiya Grigoryeva (grih-gohr-YEV'-uh) captured the women's race in 2:29:18. Carrie Underwood's dark hit "Before He Cheats" won video of the year, female video and best video director at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards.
One year ago: A Taliban sleeper agent walked into a meeting of NATO trainers and Afghan troops at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman and detonated a vest of explosives hidden underneath his uniform; six American troops, four Afghan soldiers and an interpreter were killed. President Raul Castro drew a line in the Caribbean sand across which Cuba's economic reforms must never go, telling a Communist party summit that he had rejected dozens of suggested changes that would have allowed the concentration of property in private hands.
Today's Birthdays: Pope Benedict XVI is 85. Actor Peter Mark Richman is 85. Singer Bobby Vinton is 77. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II is 72. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 65. NFL coach Bill Belichick is 60. Rock singer-turned-politician Peter Garrett is 59. Actress Ellen Barkin is 58. Rock musician Jason Scheff (Chicago) is 50. Singer Jimmy Osmond is 49. Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is 48. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence is 47. Actor Jon Cryer is 47. Rock musician Dan Rieser is 46.
Actor Peter Billingsley is 41. Actor Lukas Haas is 36.
Thought for Today: "We think too much and feel too little." - Charles Chaplin (1889-1977).