Glancing Backward, 4/24/13
Today is Wednesday, April 24, the 114th day of 2013. There are 251 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 24, 1913, the 792-foot Woolworth Building, at that time the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened in Manhattan as President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button at the White House to signal the lighting of the towering structure.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Tami Strawn of the Northeast Bradford Elementary School won the National Spelling Bee for Bradford and Tioga County.
The group of bowlers representing Kmart of Sayre was the winning team in a two-game bowling challenge match held yesterday against The Daily Review at Shamrock Lanes in Ulster.
Deborah Adams has been promoted to manager and Kathryn Foster has been appointed assistant manager of the Waverly office of Chemung Canal Trust Co.
50 years ago - 1963
Attorney John J. Griffin of Towanda celebrated a birthday yesterday.
Several of the seniors at Sullivan Highland School interested in job placements were interviewed by the State Employment Service at the school recently.
Frank Marks Jr. of Liberty Corners saw a blue heron recently on the pond owned by Nathan Benjamin Jr.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1792, the national anthem of France, "La Marseillaise" (lah mahr-say-YEHZ'), was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
In 1800, Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.
In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States. (The United States responded in kind the next day.)
In 1915, what's regarded as the start of the Armenian genocide began as the Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople.
In 1932, in the Free State of Prussia, the Nazi Party gained a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections.
In 1962, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, using NASA's Echo 1 balloon satellite to bounce a video image from Camp Parks, Calif., to Westford, Mass.
Ten years ago: U.S. forces in Iraq took custody of Tariq Aziz (TAH'-rihk ah-ZEEZ'), the former Iraqi deputy prime minister. China shut down a Beijing hospital as the global death toll from SARS surpassed 260. In Red Lion, Pa., 14-year-old James Sheets shot and killed principal Eugene Segro inside a crowded junior high school cafeteria, then killed himself.
One year ago: President Barack Obama went after the college vote, telling students at the University of North Carolina that he and first lady Michelle Obama had "been in your shoes" and didn't pay off their student loans until eight years ago. Republican Mitt Romney swept primaries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended for seven games by the NBA two days after a vicious elbow on Oklahoma City's James Harden.
Today's Birthdays: Film and drama critic Stanley Kauffmann is 97. Movie director-producer Richard Donner is 83. Actress Shirley MacLaine is 79. Rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 68. Rock singer-musician Jack Blades (Night Ranger) is 59. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 49. Singer Kelly Clarkson is 31. Rock singer-musician Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) is 29.