Glancing Backward, 5/7/12
Today is Monday, May 7, the 128th day of 2012. There are 238 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 7, 1812, English poet Robert Browning was born in London.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Anthony Blokzyl, son of Cornelius and Cindy Blokzyl of Towanda, is 2 years old today.
Scott and Todd Rimbey both won honor awards recently in the 1986 Boy Scouts of America Photo Scholarship award competition. Todd won with a photo of his car and Scott with a photo of Todd.
SRU students named Students of the Quarter included Chris Weldy, eighth grade; Aimee Cooke, 10th grade; Mark Singerhoff, ninth grade; Tom Butters, 11th grade Vo-Tech; Harold Hurlings, 12th grade; and Betsy Zwing, 11th grade.
50 years ago - 1962
James McCracken has been named chairman of the committee in charge of the Bradford County-Towanda Sesquicentennial commemorative souvenir booklet, it was announced yesterday.
Last evening the annual May Crowning was performed in SS. Peter and Paul Church. May Queen was Miss Donna Marie Susi and her first and second attendants were Miss Helen Rose Sullivan and Miss Veronica Fries, respectively.
Sylvia Schmoll, Towanda Valley High School junior, has been nominated for the annual Achievement Awards program, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
75 years ago - 1937
Recently the state police at Towanda were called upon to aid in the recovery of 15,000 pounds of steel. Yesterday, it was a hat they were asked to aid in restoring to its owner. Sammy Epstein, manager of the Hub store, reported at the state police substation yesterday that his hat is missing.
The Towanda Country Club will open for the season tomorrow.
Plans for Dushore High School's annual Junior Prom are now under way. It will be held at St. Basil's auditorium in Dushore in a week. Dancing will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the music of Hal Ritter's band.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: President George W. Bush welcomed Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to the White House, drawing laughter when he mistakenly started to say that the queen had helped the U.S. celebrate its bicentennial in "1776," then quickly corrected himself to say "1976." Six Muslim immigrants from the former Yugoslavia and the Middle East were arrested and accused of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J. (Five were later convicted in federal court of conspiring to kill military personnel; the sixth was charged only with gun offenses, and pleaded guilty.) Yahweh Ben Yahweh, a former cult leader in Miami linked to nearly two dozen gruesome killings in the 1980s, died at age 71.
One year ago: The U.S. released a handful of videos seized from Osama bin Laden's hideout showing the terrorist leader watching newscasts of himself amid shabby surroundings. The Taliban unleashed a major assault on government buildings throughout Kandahar, Afghanistan. Animal Kingdom sped past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs and roared down the middle of the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby.
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., is 80. Singer Jimmy Ruffin is 73. Actress Robin Strasser is 67. Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer Thelma Houston is 66. Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 66. Rock musician Prairie Prince is 62. Movie writer-director Amy Heckerling is 60. Actor Michael E. Knight is 53. Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is 51. Country musician Rick Schell is 49. Rock singer-musician Chris O'Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) is 47. Actress Traci Lords is 44. Singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 41. Actor Breckin Meyer is 38. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 26. Actor Taylor Abrahamse is 21.
Thought for Today: "There are those who believe something, and therefore will tolerate nothing; and on the other hand, those who tolerate everything, because they believe nothing." - Robert Browning (1812-1889).