Glancing Backward, 5/6/13
Today is Monday, May 6, the 126th day of 2013. There are 239 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 6, 1863, the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia ended with a Confederate victory over Union forces.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Representatives from Ingersoll-Rand recently presented a $25,000 pledge to Penn State Wilkes-Barre's campaign for a center for technology.
New playground equipment was installed at the Wyalusing Park recently.
Stan Morley, 12, son of Don and Sheila Morley of Ulster, placed second in the Eastern National Wrestling Championship in the junior 105-pound division.
50 years ago - 1963
With the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Economic Development Association as hosts, the first Progress Day in the Endless Mountains was held in the Valley over the weekend with thousands of people taking part in the varied activities.
Next year's Towanda junior varsity cheerleaders will be Peggy Coon, June Gormley, Becky Harden, Sherry Lundy, Eleanor Mahoney, Linda Mooney and Karen Styles.
The progressive citizens of New Milford have formed an historical and educational organization to create "Old Mill Village," which will be conducted as a tourist attraction.
75 years ago - 1938
The Ford garage business, owned by the W.T. Morris estate, has been purchased by Howard Karshner of Wyalusing and Harry Eston of Nelson, Pa.
A petition protesting the dropping of Latin from the list of subjects taught at the South Waverly High School was presented at the meeting of the board of education last night.
Dorothy Gee, Marie Lloyd, Janice Wetherbee, Mary Hardy, Eva Chisholm and Shirley Rockwell have been chosen as ladies-in-waiting to Aileen Guinter at her coronation as the Queen of May at the Canton High School.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1882, President Chester Alan Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years (Arthur had opposed an earlier version with a 20-year ban).
In 1942, during World War II some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to Japanese forces.
In 1987, CIA Director William J. Casey died at age 74.
One year ago: Vice President Joe Biden told NBC's "Meet the Press" he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples. Socialist Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (sahr-koh-ZEE') to become France's next president. Greek voters turned against mainline parties that had backed the tough terms of the country's massive international bailout. Actor George Lindsey, "Goober" on "The Andy Griffith Show," died in Nashville at age 83.
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays is 82. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., is 79. Rock singer Bob Seger is 68. TV personality Tom Bergeron is 58. Rock singer-musician Tony Scalzo (Fastball) is 49. Actress Gabourey Sidibe (GA'-bah-ray SIH'-duh-bay) is 30. Actress-singer Naomi Scott is 20.