Glancing Backward, 4/3/13
Today is Wednesday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2013. There are 272 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 3, 1973, the first handheld portable telephone was demonstrated for reporters on a New York City street corner as Motorola executive Martin Cooper contacted Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs using a Motorola device that, according to an AP story, looked like "a small, domesticated version of military walkie-talkies" and weighed less than three pounds.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
About 150 children participated in the Easter egg hunt held yesterday in Towanda, sponsored by the Towanda Jaycees. The special prize winner was Joel Vanderpool.
Don Bishop and Jeff Lantz captured top honors in the 1988 Review Doubles Bowling Tournament at Shamrock Lanes yesterday.
Local DuPont employees recently made a special presentation to their plant manager, Jerry Violette, as a show of support for quality job performance and products.
50 years ago - 1963
The Waverly School Board yesterday approved an April 30 date for a referendum on the construction of a school bus garage.
The Towanda Little League organized for the coming season last night. It was decided after considerable discussion to set up three divisions of play this season: Minor League, Major League and Senior Division.
World War I veterans of the area are being invited to a meeting at the Towanda American Legion Home this weekend to talk over the possibility of forming an organization of their own.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1860, the legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.)
In 1913, British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst was sentenced to three years in jail for inciting supporters to bomb the home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George. (Pankhurst, known for staging hunger strikes in prison, was repeatedly released and reincarcerated, serving roughly 30 days total behind bars.)
In 1968, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "mountaintop" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers.
Ten years ago: Atlantic magazine editor Michael Kelly, 46, became the first American journalist to be killed while covering the Iraq war. Cuban security forces arrested the hijackers of a passenger ferry, rescuing nearly 50 hostages.
One year ago: In a speech to the annual meeting of The Associated Press, President Barack Obama accused Republican leaders of becoming so radical and rigid that even the late Ronald Reagan could not win a GOP primary if he were running today.
Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Doris Day is 90. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 83. Conservationist Dame Jane Goodall is 79. Singer Wayne Newton is 71. Singer Tony Orlando is 69. Comedy writer Pat Proft is 66. Actor Alec Baldwin is 55. Rock singer-musician Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 51. Rock singer Sebastian Bach is 45. Actress Jennie Garth is 41. Actress Cobie Smulders is 31. Actress Amanda Bynes is 27.
Thought for Today: "Nothing spoils a good party like a genius." - Elsa Maxwell, American socialite (1883-1963).