Glancing Backward, 5/13/12
Today is Sunday, May 13, the 134th day of 2012. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother's Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 13, 1992, the Falun Gong movement had its beginning as the sect's founder, Li Hongzhi, began publicly lecturing on his spiritual philosophy in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The Towanda Little League reported a successful bowl-a-thon was conducted this past weekend. Participants in this year's event numbered 269.
While turkey hunting in the Saco area recently, Steve Reeves found four balloons with attached card. The card revealed the balloons had been launched the previous day from the Patty Hill School in Rochester. A request was made to write back to the school children so they could learn how far their balloons traveled.
To highlight completion of its large, new warehouse building and new and expanded showroom and office areas, Arey Lumber Company in Wysox is hosting an open house this weekend.
75 years ago - 1937
During the forest tree planting season, 467,000 tree seedlings were planted on state- and government-owned lands in Bradford County, and 71,000 seedlings on private-owned lands.
Towanda High School paid homage to health yesterday, the physical education units of the school parading on Main Street at 5 p.m. led by the Third Ward rhythm band and the school band.
Elsewhere on this date:
One year ago: Two suicide bombers attacked paramilitary police recruits heading home after months of training in northwest Pakistan, killing 87 people in what the Pakistan Taliban called revenge for the U.S. slaying of Osama bin Laden. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi taunted NATO in an audio broadcast, saying he was alive despite a series of airstrikes and "in a place where you can't get to and kill me." Sen. George Mitchell announced his resignation as the Obama administration's special envoy to the Mideast.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Buck Taylor is 74. Actor Harvey Keitel is 73. Author Charles Baxter is 65. Actor Franklyn Ajaye is 63. Actress Zoe Wanamaker is 63. Singer Stevie Wonder is 62. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is 51. Actor-comedian Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR') is 48. Rock musician John Richardson (The Gin Blossoms) is 48. Actor Tom Verica is 48. Country singer Lari White is 47. Singer Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 46. Actress Susan Floyd is 44. Contemporary Christian musician Andy Williams (Casting Crowns) is 40. Actress Samantha Morton is 35. Rock musician Mickey Madden (Maroon 5) is 33. Actress-writer-director Lena Dunham is 26.
Actor Robert Pattinson is 26. Actress Candice Accola is 25. Actor Hunter Parrish is 25.
Thought for Today: "A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbours." - William Ralph Inge, English religious leader and author (1860-1954).