Glancing Backward, 4/29/12
Today is Sunday, April 29, the 120th day of 2012. There are 246 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 29, 1992, rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King; the violence resulted in 55 deaths and more than $1 billion in damage.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The Sullivan County School Board appointed a buildings and grounds feasibility study committee at its meeting last night. The group will study construction projects and new ideas for updating the district's building.
Anna Marie Lamphere, a proud member of the Lady Knights' softball team, is 15 years old today.
Sayre High School recently received good news that it has received accreditation by the Middle States Association, completing an extensive process last fall.
75 years ago - 1937
Roy Jones Jr., son of County Treasurer and Mrs. R.G.C. Jones of Wyalusing, has been promoted to the general office of the Kraft Cheese Co. at Rochester.
Seen about the borough: The big chandelier in the courthouse being lowered to the floor so that the janitor could put new bulbs in each of its 60 lamps.
Mary Weaver is the valedictorian of the class of 1937 at South Waverly High School.
Elsewhere on this date:
Ten years ago: A year after the loss of a seat it had held for over 50 years, the United States won election to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
Five years ago: A man shot and killed two people when he opened fire in the parking lot of the Ward Parkway Center in Kansas City, Mo.; the gunman, David W. Logsdon, was killed by a police officer inside the mall. (Police later determined that Logsdon had also beaten to death his neighbor, Patricia Reed.) An elevated section of highway that carried motorists from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to a number of freeways was destroyed after heat from an overturned gasoline truck caused part of one overpass to crumple onto another. St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock, 29, was killed in the crash of his sport utility vehicle.
One year ago: Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an opulent ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey amid pomp, circumstance - and elaborate hats. President Barack Obama visited Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the sites of deadly tornadoes two days earlier, saying he had "never seen devastation like this."
Today's Birthdays: Actress Celeste Holm is 95. Poet Rod McKuen is 79. Actor Keith Baxter is 79. Bluesman Otis Rush is 78. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 76. Pop singer Bob Miranda (The Happenings) is 70. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 69. Singer Tommy James is 65. Movie director Phillip Noyce is 62. Country musician Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) is 62. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 58. Actor Leslie Jordan is 57. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 57. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 55. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 54. Actress Eve Plumb is 54. Rock musician Phil King is 52. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 49. Actor Vincent Ventresca is 46. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 44. Actor Paul Adelstein is 43. Actress Uma Thurman is 42. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 42. Rapper Master P is 42. Country singer James Bonamy is 40.
Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) is 40. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 39. Actor Tyler Labine is 34. Actress-model Taylor Cole is 28. Actor Zane Carney is 27.
Thought for Today: "It is easier to believe than to doubt." - Gene Fowler, American journalist (1890-1960).