Glancing Backward, 5/10/13
Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2013. There are 235 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 10, 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died of pneumonia, a complication resulting from being hit by friendly fire eight days earlier during the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
At a meeting last night at the Athens Township Building, Elmira Street business owners and workers gathered to form the Elmira Street Area Business Association.
Wyalusing Borough Council ran into strong opposition last night at their regular meeting when discussion centered on a proposal to ban parking on a section of Route 6 in that town. The area under fire was the vicinity of St. John Street and Church Street.
A ribbon cutting was held recently at Haner's Auto Sales' new location, at the corner of Lockhart and North Elmira streets.
50 years ago - 1963
Five-hundred American Indians are expected to gather at Wyalusing Rocks in June as the climax of a great pilgrimage, it was announced last night at a press and radio conference held by the Endless Mountains Association.
Acting Prothonotary Grace Manley revealed yesterday that 30 divorce complaints were filed in the courthouse in April. This brings the total filed in the county since January 1 to 51.
Gary Heath, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Heath of Towanda, placed second in the 1963 mechanical drawing contest sponsored by the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers.
75 years ago - 1938
Nineteen members of Troop 2, Towanda Boy Scouts went to Laporte last evening and presented an investiture ceremony for the installation of a new troop there.
Pepper & Vial, contractors who were awarded the contract to build that portion of road which is known as the "Dry Run" road, connecting the hard-surfaced road at Eagles Mere Borough with the road leading to World's End and the Forksville mines, started work recently.
Lopez has entered the Bradford County Baseball League.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1774, Louis XVI acceded to the throne of France.
In 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.
In 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
In 1941, Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission. (Hess ended up serving a life sentence at Spandau prison until 1987, when he apparently committed suicide.)
In 1984, the International Court of Justice said the United States should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua's ports (the U.S. had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue).
Today's Birthdays: Author Bel Kaufman ("Up the Down Staircase") is 102. Author Barbara Taylor Bradford is 80. Rhythm-and-blues singer Henry Fambrough (The Spinners) is 75. Singer Dave Mason is 67. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is 50. Country musician David Wallace (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 41. Rock musician Joey Zehr (The Click Five) is 30. Actress Lauren Potter is 23. Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin is 18.