Glancing Backward, 6/2/12
Today is Saturday, June 2, the 154th day of 2012. There are 212 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI; it was the first such ceremony to be televised.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Wyalusing Borough Council approved the final plans for renovations and construction of a pavilion in Wyalusing Borough Park and also approved a permit to erect the traffic signals long sought for the intersection of Route 6 and 706 at its meeting last night.
Members of Troy Brooks-Flick Post 49 of the American Legion Auxiliary announced their candidates selected for the 42nd annual Keystone Girls State session recently. Troy High School juniors Julie Woodward and Kimberly Chaapel will attend the conference.
The Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church will commemorate its 60th anniversary this weekend.
50 years ago - 1962
Mr. and Mrs. David Turner of Towanda have been approved as the host family for the American Field Service exchange student who will attend Towanda Valley High School next year.
Celebrating his birthday tomorrow is Robert Kennedy, East Smithfield merchant and new member of the Bradford County School Board.
Northeast Bradford High School seniors who have completed four years of high school with a 90 percent or better average are Edith Gamble, Gary Green, Carl Smith and Victor Soreny.
75 years ago - 1937
At noon yesterday, Attorney John P. Vallillee of Athens and Towanda was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Jerry Fox was elected president of the Towanda Lions Club for the coming year at a recent meeting.
Mrs. Louise McCarty, area director of the WPA recreation programs, revealed yesterday that quoits, horseshoes, volleyball, soft balls, bats, etc., are available to organizations for outings.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1886, President Grover Cleveland, 49, married Frances Folsom, 21, in the Blue Room of the White House. (To date, Cleveland is the only president to marry in the executive mansion.)
In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."
In 1924, Congress passed a measure that was then signed by President Calvin Coolidge guaranteeing full American citizenship for all Native Americans born within U.S. territorial limits.
In 1941, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37. The chief justice of the United States, Charles Evans Hughes, announced his retirement effective July 1, 1941.
In 1961, during a state visit to France, President John F. Kennedy, noting the warm reception his wife was receiving, jocularly described himself as "the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it." Playwright and director George S. Kaufman, 71, died in New York.
In 1962, Soviet forces opened fire on workers in the Russian city of Novocherkassk who had gone on strike over food shortages; accounts of the death toll vary, although a retired general who said he opposed the action put the figure at 22 to 24 during a 1989 interview.
In 1966, the U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.
In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing. (He was executed in June 2001.)
Today's Birthdays: Actor Milo O'Shea is 87. Actress-singer Sally Kellerman is 75. Actor Ron Ely is 74. Actor Stacy Keach is 71. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 71. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 71. Actor Charles Haid is 69. Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 68. Movie director Lasse Hallstrom is 66. Actor Jerry Mathers is 64. Actress Joanna Gleason is 62. Actor Dennis Haysbert is 58. Comedian Dana Carvey is 57. Actor Gary Grimes is 57. Pop musician Michael Steele is 57. Rock singer Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) is 52. Singer Merril Bainbridge is 44. Rapper B-Real (Cypress Hill) is 42. Actress Paula Cale is 42. Actor Anthony Montgomery is 41. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady is 40. Actor Wentworth Miller is 40. Rock musician Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) is 36. Actor Zachary Quinto is 35. Actor Dominic Cooper is 34. Actress Nikki Cox is 34. Actor Justin Long is 34. Actor Deon Richmond is 34. Actress Morena Baccarin is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Irish Grinstead (702) is 32. Rock musician Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) is 32. Country singer Dan Cahoon (Marshall Dyllon) is 29. Actress Brittany Curran is 22.
Thought for Today: "We are minor in everything but our passions." - Elizabeth Bowen, Irish author (1899-1973).