Glancing Backward, 4/26/13
Today is Friday, April 26, the 116th day of 2013. There are 249 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Va., and killed. (Just before dying, Booth looked at his hands and gasped, "Useless, useless.")
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Nearly 1,000 Northeastern Pennsylvanians, including more than 45 Bradford County Republicans, welcomed Vice President George Bush to Wilkes-Barre-Scranton International Airport for a rally yesterday.
At last night's Sayre Borough Council meeting, council members approved a motion for their solicitor, Jonathan Foster, to draw up a Sewer Authority Membership Agreement for the Valley.
Keisha Chacona captured three individual wins yesterday and added a fourth in the 400-meter relay to pace the Athens girls to a 119-21 win over Elk Lake.
50 years ago - 1963
Main Street in Towanda will be the scene of a most unusual attraction next week when out of the skies will stream 2,000 ping-pong balls, signaling the beginning of the two-day Spring Festival of Bargains sale in Towanda.
Celebrating his birthday today is Paxton G. Wolfe of North Towanda, U.S. soil conservationist.
The Towanda Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for the selection of the Bradford County candidate for the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess contest.
75 years ago - 1938
Former Governor Gifford Pinchot will speak at the courthouse in Towanda tonight in his only appearance of the campaign in Bradford County.
A new restaurant, The Red Teapot, is being opened today in the Kaufman block on Bridge Street, Towanda, by Mrs. Reed D. Cooley.
The Senior program of the Boy Scouts of America is now to be brought to the older Boy Scouts of Towanda through the organization of an Explorers' Patrol.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1923, Britain's Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI), married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.
In 1952, the destroyer-minesweeper USS Hobson sank in the central Atlantic after colliding with the aircraft carrier USS Wasp with the loss of 176 crew members.
In 1997, Banners of loyalty and life-size images of Saddam Hussein adorn Iraq's capital, as Iraqis begin seven days of festivities in celebration of his 60th birthday.
In 1999, The Chernobyl computer virus, perhaps the most destructive so far, damages hundreds of thousands of computers around the world.
Today's Birthdays: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 80. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams is 75. Actress Nancy Lenehan is 60. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 55. Country musician Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) is 42. Actor Channing Tatum is 33. Actor Aaron Weeks is 27.