Glancing Backward, 6/17/12
Today is Sunday, June 17, the 169th day of 2012. There are 197 days left in the year. This is Father's Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 17, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon's eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The Centennial Class of Athens High School celebrated its commencement last night during an outdoor ceremony. A total of 140 graduates received their diplomas.
Two local people recently attended the National Fire and Burn Educators Conference in Pittsburgh. They were Sterling Young, who represented the Bradford County Firemen's Association, and his wife Catherine, who represented the Towanda Fire Department.
At a recent banquet hosted by the Trinity Lutheran Church women, Dorothy Korb was announced as Trinity's Mother of the Year.
75 years ago - 1937
Ross Bacon of Towanda is now flying his new Taylor Cub airplane. He went to the factory at Bradford and flew it home recently.
Scott Wolford of Williamsport, who for the past three years has been located in Towanda as field representative for the Works Progress Administration, had secured a position with the Bell Telephone Co. in his home city.
The visiting nurse, Mrs. James Roderick, makes the following report of her May work: general visits, 55; maternity cases, 16; pre-natal visits, 11; Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. visits, 31; follow-up cases, 12; hospital cases, nine; deaths, one; professional advice, five; free cases, 14; post-natal visits, three.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: Thirty-five people were killed in the bombing of a police academy bus in Kabul, Afghanistan; the Taliban claimed responsibility. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') swore in a new government and outlawed Hamas militias. Angel Cabrera (AHN'-hehl kuh-BREHR'-uh) held off Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by a stroke to capture the U.S. Open. Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, known as the "architect of fashion," died in Milan at age 62.
One year ago: The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries. A Saudi woman defiantly drove through Riyadh while others brazenly cruised by police patrols in the first forays of a challenge to Saudi Arabia's male-only driving rules. Rory McIlroy (MAK'-ihl-roy) became the first player in the 111-year history of the U.S. Open to reach 13-under par.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus is 80. Actor William Lucking is 71. Singer Barry Manilow is 69. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 61. Actor Mark Linn-Baker is 58. Musician Philip Chevron (The Pogues) is 55. Actor Jon Gries (gryz) is 55. Movie producer-director-writer Bobby Farrelly is 54. Actor Thomas Haden Church is 51. Actor Greg Kinnear is 49. Actress Kami Cotler (TV: "The Waltons") is 47. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Dan Jansen is 47. Actor Jason Patric is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kevin Thornton is 43. Actor-comedian Will Forte is 42. Latin pop singer Paulina Rubio is 41.
Tennis player Venus Williams is 32. Actor-rapper Herculeez (AKA Jamal Mixon) is 29. Actor Damani Roberts is 16.
Thought for Today: "Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be tough." - Wilhelm Busch, German illustrator and poet (1832-1908).