Glancing Backward, 5/5/12
Today is Saturday, May 5, the 126th day of 2012. There are 240 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Puebla took place in Mexico as forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated troops that had been sent by Napoleon III during the so-called French Intervention. (The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates Mexico's victory.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Wyalusing Borough Council granted a request by the First National Bank of Bradford County to relocate its Stowell Street entrance at the council meeting held last night.
Area Girl Scout adults attended a recognition banquet at the Friedensutten Restaurant recently. Adults receiving membership numeral pins at this time were Brenda Abbott, five years; Blanche Wilson, 10 years; and Karen Gowin, 15 years.
The Towanda Country Club began another season of tournament action this past weekend with its annual Opening Day Tournament. With a score of 61, the team of Del Stamer, Paul Sweitzer, Mark Moody and Dick Koss captured first place.
50 years ago - 1962
The Athens High track team won its third meet in a row recently by defeating Waverly 94 2-3 to 14 1-3. Bruno Paulino again was top man for Coach John Childs' Bulldogs as he won the 220, broad and high jumps.
Nicholas Prusack Jr. of Towanda became an Eagle Scout last week in a ceremony at the Methodist Church of which he and his parents are members.
During the month of April, four young men and one young woman from Bradford and Sullivan counties enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
75 years ago - 1937
Carlyle Spencer and Mrs. Elton Jeliff closed a successful term of school at Bentley Creek last week.
The Towanda High School Band, after a period of practice in marching, is to make its first spring appearance for the Health Day parade next week with David Rosencrans as drum major.
Norman E. Waltman of New Albany, a junior at Mansfield State Teachers College, was elected by Beta Rho, chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Fraternity, as delegate to the conference.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of St. Helena.
In 1891, New York's Carnegie Hall (then named "Music Hall") had its official opening night.
In 1922, construction began on the original Yankee Stadium in New York.
In 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a state law that prohibited teaching the theory of evolution. (Scopes was found guilty, but his conviction was later set aside.)
In 1936, the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, fell to Italian invaders.
In 1941, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa after the Italians were driven out with the help of Allied forces.
In 1942, wartime sugar rationing began in the United States.
In 1955, West Germany became a fully sovereign state. The baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway.
In 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight aboard Freedom 7, a Mercury capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In 1972, an Alitalia DC-8 crashed into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, with the loss of all 115 people on board.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food.
In 1987, the congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened with former Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord the lead-off witness. The federal government began a yearlong amnesty program, offering citizenship to illegal aliens who met certain conditions.
In 2007, A Kenya Airways jet crashed in southern Cameroon, killing all 114 people on board. Street Sense roared from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby. Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Oscar De La Hoya to win the WBC 154-pound title at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Pat Carroll is 85. Former AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney is 78. Saxophonist Ace Cannon is 78. Country singer-musician Roni Stoneman is 74. Actor Michael Murphy is 74. Actor Lance Henriksen is 72. Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 69. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 68. Actor Roger Rees is 68. Rock correspondent Kurt Loder is 67. Rock musician Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is 64. Actor Richard E. Grant is 55. CBS News corespondent John Miller is 54. Rock singer Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 53. NBC News anchor Brian Williams is 53. Rock musician Shawn Drover (Megadeth) is 46. TV personality Kyan Douglas is 42. Actress Tina Yothers is 39. Rhythm and blues singer Raheem DeVaughn is 37. Actor Vincent Kartheiser is 33. Singer Craig David is 31. Actress Danielle Fishel is 31. Actor Henry Cavill is 29. Soul singer Adele is 24. Rock singer Skye Sweetnam is 24. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chris Brown is 23.
Thought for Today: "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." - Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, "father" of America's nuclear navy (1900-1986).