Glancing Backward, 4/2/13
Today is Tuesday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2013. There are 273 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 2, 1863, during the Civil War, the Richmond Bread Riot erupted in the Confederate capital as a mob made up mostly of women, outraged over food shortages and rising prices, attacked and looted stores.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Mary Shay of Towanda, a beautician at Tammy's Salon in Towanda, is celebrating a birthday today.
Phyllis and Larry Johns of Troy are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today.
April has been declared "Prevent a Litter Month" by the Stray Haven Humane Society in Waverly.
50 years ago - 1963
The Sayre Borough Council yesterday adopted its budget of $193,631 based on a tax rate of 17 mils, and a $5 per capita. This is the same as last year.
Celebrating her birthday today is Mrs. Helen Beirne Barrett of Towanda, wife of Patrick Barrett and executive director of the Bradford County Child Welfare Services.
After going through the regular season unbeaten, the Boland Hotel Cagers last night were dumped in the first round of the Community Basketball League's Shaughnessy play-offs.
75 years ago - 1938
A native ruffled grouse flew against a plate glass window at the pottery exhibit just east of Twin Cuts on US Route 6 yesterday with sufficient force to shatter the glass and overturn a large quantity of pottery.
Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Cron of Potterville were married 35 years ago today.
Six additional officers of the Motor Police arrived in Towanda yesterday for service. The number of Motor Police officers at Towanda is now 12.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition landed in present-day Florida. (Some historians say the landing actually occurred the next day, on April 3.)
In 1800, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21, in Vienna.
In 1912, the just-completed RMS Titanic left Belfast to begin its sea trials eight days before the start of its ill-fated maiden voyage.
In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy." (Congress declared war four days later.)
In 1956, the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS-TV.
Ten years ago: During the Iraq War, American forces fought their way to within sight of the Baghdad skyline.
One year ago: Kentucky won its eighth men's national NCAA basketball title, holding off Kansas for a 67-59 victory.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Rita Gam is 85. Actress Sharon Acker is 78. Rock musician Dave Robinson (The Cars) is 60. Actor Christopher Meloni is 52. Rock musician Greg Camp is 46. Rock musician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) is 44. Country singer Jill King is 38. Actor Adam Rodriguez is 38. Rock musician Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) is 34. Singer Lee Dewyze (TV: "American Idol") is 27. Singer Aaron Kelly (TV: "American Idol") is 20.
Thought for Today: "We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow." - Fulton Oursler, American journalist and author (1893-1952).