Glancing Backward, 5/3/12
Today is Thursday, May 3, the 124th day of 2012. There are 242 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "Gone With the Wind."
Glancing Backward Locally:
50 years ago - 1962
At last the State-Highway Department appears to be moving toward construction of the Canton-LeRoy Road (Route 414), which has been in deplorable condition for years.
Celebrating his birthday yesterday was Adrian Fisk, principal of the Litchfield Elementary School.
Beginning tomorrow, the summer hours of the Wyalusing Public Library will be Tuesday and Friday from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
75 years ago - 1937
Highest honor students of the graduating class of the Canton High School include Miss Catherine Sechrist as valedictorian and Scott Griswold as salutatorian.
William A. Herman, for some time a resident of Towanda, and for six years the manager of the Towanda branch store, has been promoted to the position of advertising manager of the Dean Phipps Auto Stores.
When Sayre residents awakened this morning, their clocks were one hour slow if they forgot to advance them to 2 a.m. when Daylight Savings Time went into effect. Sayre Schools and the Lehigh Shops will not go on the new time, though Lehigh Shops workmen will report a half-hour earlier.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1791, Poland adopted a national constitution.
In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.
In 1911, Wisconsin Gov. Francis E. McGovern signed the first U.S. workers' compensation law to withstand constitutional review.
In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racial groups were legally unenforceable.
In 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain's first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections.
In 1987, The Miami Herald said its reporters had observed a young woman spending "Friday night and most of Saturday" at a Washington townhouse belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart. (The woman was later identified as Donna Rice; the scandal torpedoed Hart's presidential bid.)
Today's Birthdays: Folk singer Pete Seeger is 93. Actress Ann B. Davis is 86. Actor Alex Cord is 79. Singer Frankie Valli is 78. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 66. Pop singer Mary Hopkin is 62. Singer Christopher Cross is 61. Country musician Cactus Moser is 55. Rock musician David Ball is 53. Country singer Shane Minor is 44. Actor Bobby Cannavale is 42. Music and film producer-actor Damon Dash is 41. Country musician John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) is 41. Country-rock musician John Neff (Drive-By Truckers) is 41. Country singer Brad Martin is 39. Actor Dule Hill is 37. Country singer Eric Church is 35. Dancer Cheryl Burke (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 28. Actress Jill Berard is 22.
Thought for Today: "Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness." - May Sarton, American poet (born this date in 1912, died in 1995).