Glancing Backward, 5/5/13
Today is Sunday, May 5, the 125th day of 2013. There are 240 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 5, 1813, Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, considered the father of existentialism, was born in Copenhagen.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
At yesterday's business meeting of the board, the Bradford County Commissioners approved the naming of Mary Kay St. John as acting chief assessor.
Celebrating her 69th birthday today is Clara Stalford of Greens Landing.
Erin Lantz and Adam Kusmierz were winners of a jump roping contest held recently at St. Agnes School.
75 years ago - 1938
Transfer of Private Eugene Stanfield to the Athens state police substation was announced yesterday.
The detour over the Lehigh Valley railroad tracks at Morley's crossing just south of Athens was definitely closed yesterday after hours of efforts on the part of Athens businessmen to keep it open. The argument over who would pay the large bill for insurance on the temporary crossing was unsettled last night and as a result motorists still were having to detour by way of Sheshequin.
Two days ago the general store in Camptown owned and operated by Andrew Gilliland was destroyed by fire. It was just 10 years ago to the day that a store on the same foundation was destroyed by fire.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1862, Mexican troops defeated French occupying forces in the Battle of Puebla. (The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates Mexico's victory.)
In 1891, New York's Carnegie Hall (then named "Music Hall") had its official opening night.
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 1942, wartime sugar rationing began in the United States.
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 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby, the first of its Triple Crown victories.
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 (SEE'-kohrd) the lead-off witness.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Pat Carroll is 86. Former AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney is 79. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 69. Actor Richard E. Grant is 56. Rock musician Shawn Drover (Megadeth) is 47. Actor Henry Cavill is 30. Soul singer Adele is 25.