Glancing Backward, 4/19/13
Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2013. There are 256 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 19, 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people, including sect leader David Koresh, were killed.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
A proposed 1988-89 operating budget increasing the real estate millage by 9 mils was carried in an 8-1 vote during last night's meeting of the Towanda Area School Board.
Petitions stating concern for the deteriorating condition of the Route 6 Narrows in Wysox have been placed in a number of area business establishments in the Wysox and Towanda areas.
An outline of the transition team process which will be used to ensure a smooth move from the present county jail to the new prison facility, once it is completed, was presented to the membership of the Bradford County Prison Board at its monthly meeting yesterday.
50 years ago - 1963
Miss Edwina Pauzer, a junior at St. Agnes High School, has been assigned to Durbin, South Africa under the Rotary Students Exchange Program.
Susan Corl and Linda Woof are competing for the title of May Queen at SRU High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Overpeck of Towanda were married 25 years ago today.
75 years ago - 1938
Norman E. Aten, assistant superintendent of Bradford County schools, was elected president of the Towanda Rotary Club yesterday.
Due to the epidemic of mumps and measles in Canton, an all-time high for excused absences was recorded at the Canton schools for the month of March. The percentage of attendance for March was 82 percent.
Hundreds of Canton's fishermen were on their favorite streams at dawn recently. The honors of the largest trout go to Lyle Burlingame, president of the Canton Rod and Gun Club, who caught a brown trout measuring 23.5 inches and weighing 4.5 pounds.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1912, a special subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee opened hearings in New York into the Titanic disaster.
In 1945, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opened on Broadway.
In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Harry S. Truman, bade farewell in an address to Congress in which he quoted a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
In 1960, South Korean students began an uprising that toppled the government of President Syngman Rhee a week later. The South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) was founded in Namibia.
In 1973, the science-fiction film "Soylent Green," starring Charlton Heston, was released.
In 1982, astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first woman and first African-American to be tapped for U.S. space missions.
In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed.)
Today's Birthdays: Actor Hugh O'Brian is 88. Actress Elinor Donahue is 76. Actor Tim Curry is 67. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 57. Recording executive Suge Knight is 48. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux (PAY'-roo) is 39. Actor James Franco is 35. Actress Kate Hudson is 34. Actor Hayden Christensen is 32. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno is 32. Roots rock musician Steve Johnson (Alabama Shakes) is 28. Actor Courtland Mead is 26. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 26.