Glancing Backward, 4/28/13
Today is Sunday, April 28, the 118th day of 2013. There are 247 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 28, 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Nancy Zambri of the Bradford County Assistance office was named Bradford County's Super Secretary at a dinner last night.
Republican voters in the 111th legislative district chose Tunkhannock attorney Kenneth E. Lee as their candidate for State Rep. Carmel Sirianni's seat in the Pa. House.
Efforts continued in Susquehanna County yesterday to fight the re-opening of the Clymar Landfill as more than 300 environmentalists, public officials and concerned citizens gathered at the Middletown Center Park to hear a "talk of encouragement" given by Lois Gibbs of the Citizens Clearing House on Hazardous Waste.
75 years ago - 1938
Thirty-five members of the Towanda Bowling League enjoyed their annual banquet yesterday. An award for high individual game during the season went to Wally Harris with a mark of 254.
Miss Norma Cummings of Warren Center, a senior in Towanda High School, has been judged a winner of the Legion essay contest.
The following honor students of the Canton High School were announced recently: Sheldon Ellsworth Frey, valedictorian, and Irene Alta Weigel, salutatorian.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter accepted the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, who had opposed the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages in Iran. (Vance was succeeded by Edmund Muskie.)
In 1988, a flight attendant was killed and more than 60 persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 tore off during a flight from Hilo (HEE'-loh) to Honolulu.
In 1993, the first "Take Our Daughters to Work Day," promoted by the New York-based Ms. Foundation, was held in an attempt to boost the self-esteem of girls by having them visit a parent's place of work. (The event was later expanded to include sons.)
Ten years ago: On Saddam Hussein's 66th birthday, delegates from inside and outside Iraq agreed to hold a nation-building meeting and fashion a temporary, post-Saddam government. The Soyuz space capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian space crew docked with the international space station.
Five years ago: The first tax rebates were direct-deposited into bank accounts from a $168 billion stimulus package. In a defiant appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, Democrat Barack Obama's longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, said criticism surrounding his fiery sermons was an attack on black churches, and he rejected those who'd labeled him unpatriotic.
One year ago: Syria derided United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as biased and called his comments "outrageous" after he blamed the regime for widespread cease-fire violations. Paticia Medina, 92, a British-born actress who became a leading lady in Hollywood films of the 1950s, died in Los Angeles.
Today's Birthdays: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is 87. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 83. Director-actor Richard C. Sarafian is 83. Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 72. Actress Marcia Strassman is 65. Actor Paul Guilfoyle is 64. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is 63. Rock musician Chuck Leavell is 61. Actress Mary McDonnell is 60. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) is 60. Rapper Too Short is 47. Actress Simbi Khali is 42. Actress Bridget Moynahan is 42. Actor Chris Young is 42. Rapper Big Gipp is 40. Actor Jorge Garcia is 40. Actress Elisabeth Rohm is 40. Actress Penelope Cruz is 39. Actor Nate Richert is 35. Actress Jessica Alba is 32. Actor Harry Shum Jr. (TV: "Glee") is 31. Actress Jenna Ushkowitz (TV: "Glee") is 27. Actress Aleisha Allen is 22.
Thought for Today: "The world does not require so much to be informed as reminded." - Hannah More, English religious writer (1745-1833).