Glancing Backward, 5/25/12
Today is Friday, May 25, the 146th day of 2012. There are 220 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum. (The Convention ended four months later with the delegates adopting the Constitution of the United States.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
50 years ago - 1962
Ellen Burchill, a member of St. Agnes School's sixth grade, won the annual spelling contest of that school yesterday.
The Doris McLinko Beauty Shoppe is moving from 4 Bridge Street to 14 Mechanic Street.
Miss Nancy James, teacher at Towanda Valley High School, is 23 years old today.
75 years ago - 1937
The Daily Review's free cooking school opens today at the SCI hall.
A consignment of pheasant eggs has been received in Towanda by representatives of the Towanda Rod and Gun Club from a state hatchery and arrangements have been made to have them hatched out in an incubator. After they are hatched, the pheasants will remain in the hatchery until they are 14 weeks old, and then will be released.
The Board of Managers of the Bradford County Fair has called a meeting of the Bradford County Agricultural Society to ascertain how much interest and support there is in the community for the life or death of the Towanda county fair.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.
In 1916, the Chicago Tribune published an interview with Henry Ford in which the automobile industrialist was quoted as saying, "History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today."
In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese troops during World War II, bluntly told reporters in Delhi, India: "I claim we got a hell of a beating."
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."
In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was officially dedicated.
In 1981, daredevil Dan Goodwin, wearing a Spiderman costume, scaled the outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7½ hours.
In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America."
In 1992, Jay Leno made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," succeeding Johnny Carson.
Today's Birthdays: Lyricist Hal David is 91. Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 78. Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 76. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 73. Country singer Jessi Colter is 69. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 69. Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 68. Actress Karen Valentine is 65. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 64. Actress Patti D'Arbanville is 61. Actress Connie Sellecca is 57. Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 54. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 49. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 45. Actor Joseph Reitman is 44. Rock musician Glen Drover is 43. Actress Anne Heche is 43. Actresses Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush (TV: "Little House on the Prairie") are 42. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 42. Actress Octavia Spencer (Film: "The Help") is 42. Actor Justin Henry is 41. Rapper Daz Dillinger is 39. Actress Molly Sims is 39. Singer Lauryn Hill is 37. Actor Cillian Murphy is 36. Actor Ethan Suplee is 36. Rock musician Todd Whitener is 34. Actor Corbin Allred is 33. Actress-singer Lauren Frost is 27.
Thought for Today: "Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." - Sir James Barrie, Scottish dramatist (1860-1937).