Glancing Backward, 4/16/13
Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2013. There are 259 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in which the civil rights activist responded to a group of local clergymen who'd criticized him for leading street protests; King defended his tactics, writing, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Receiving the Boss of the Year award recently from the Tri-County Credit Women was Barney Rhodes, branch manager of AVCO Financial Services, Towanda.
Pat Frisbie posted his third win against no losses yesterday as Waverly won its fourth straight baseball game, downing Edison 12-5 in cold, wet weather.
The 49th annual Troy Lion's Minstrel Show will be held tonight with the theme of "The Wild World of Sports."
50 years ago - 1963
Towanda firemen will be testing hydrants today and residents of the borough should not be alarmed if the water in their homes appears a bit rusty.
Last night Gordon Place of Monroeton noticed a satellite traveling from Southeast to Northwest and called attention of a number of people to the sight. Usually the satellites go in the opposite direction.
Celebrating her birthday today is Virginia Ann Crandall, third grade teacher in the Rome elementary school.
75 years ago - 1938
Dayton Milling Company has opened another branch store for its McCormick Deering tractor and machinery business at Dushore. This is their third store, and it is located in part of Arthur Tubach's store with C.E. Tubach as manager.
Celebrating his birthday tomorrow is Andrew Carola, manager of the upper A&P store in Towanda.
Seen about the borough: Burgess Lilley's violin being repaired down at Elwood Kunes' fiddle-fixin' shop so he can play "Silver Threads Among the Gold" again.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. The Confederacy conscripted all white men between the ages of 18 to 35.
In 1972, Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon with astronauts John W. Young, Charles M. Duke Jr. and Ken Mattingly on board.
In 2007, 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.
Five years ago: The Supreme Court upheld the most widely used method of lethal injection, allowing states to resume executions after a seven-month halt. Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed by President George W. Bush as only the second pope to visit the White House and the first in 29 years. Mathematician-meteorologist Edward Lorenz, the father of "chaos theory," died in Cambridge, Mass., at age 90.
One year ago: A trial began in Oslo, Norway, for Anders Breivik (AHN'-durs BRAY'-vihk), charged with killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in July 2011. (Breivik was found guilty of terrorism and premeditated murder and given a 21-year prison sentence.) The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for documenting the New York Police Department's widespread spying on Muslims, while the Philadelphia Inquirer was honored in the public service category for its examination of violence in the city's schools; for the first time in 35 years, no Pulitzer for fiction was given.
Today's Birthdays: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is 86. Singer Bobby Vinton is 78. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 66. Singer Jimmy Osmond is 50. Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is 49. Actor Lukas Haas is 37.