Glancing Backward, 6/25/12
Today is Monday, June 25, the 177th day of 2012. There are 189 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 25, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, ruled 6-1 that recitation of a state-sponsored prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
There will be no more development of structures larger than a one-family home in Sayre Borough until the council signs the Department of Environmental Resources' Act 537 regional sewage plan. That statement came to Sayre in a letter from the DER.
Marcey Franklin of Laceyville has been selected as the 1987 Endless Mountains Maple Queen.
Kathy Bendt of New Albany has been chosen as a member of the Pennsylvania All-State Lions Band which, after three days of rehearsals, will be traveling to Taipei, Taiwan June 29-July 5 for the Lions Club International Convention.
50 years ago - 1962
The beautiful new chapel erected near Pancoast Hall, Camp Brule, for use by Boy Scouts and Scouters of all faiths was dedicated yesterday with a large crowd in attendance.
A two-day shooting match, sponsored by the Towanda and Ingersoll-Rand rifle and pistol clubs at the Bridge Street Hill Rod and Gun Club range netted $93 for the National Rifle Association building fund.
Ninety-three seniors received diplomas at the 92nd graduation exercises in Waverly Memorial Stadium yesterday. Valedictorian was Donna Houston and salutatorian was Lois Harper.
75 years ago - 1937
Celebrating his birthday today is Jack Corbett, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Corbett of Towanda. Jack is spending part of the summer teaching his father to ride his bicycle. He finds it to be a difficult job.
David Rosencrans, who was drum major for the Towanda High School band during the past year, is to be the drum major for the regional band at the Boy Scout Jamboree to be held in Washington this summer.
Supervising Principal Eugene E. Crediford of Athens public schools completed his term as president of the Athens Rotary Club at the weekly meeting recently and relinquished his gavel to Burgess Arthur S. Buckley, new president of the service organization.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.
In 1910, the ballet "The Firebird" with music by Igor Stravinsky was premiered in Paris by the Ballets Russes.
In 1942, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was designated Commanding General of the European Theater of Operations during World War II. Some 1,000 British Royal Air Force bombers raided Bremen, Germany.
In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South.
Today's Birthdays: Actress June Lockhart is 87. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eddie Floyd is 75. Actress Barbara Montgomery is 73. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Willis Reed is 70. Writer-producer-director Gary David Goldberg is 68. Singer Carly Simon is 67. Rock musician Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) is 66. Rock musician Ian McDonald (Foreigner; King Crimson) is 66. Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker is 65. Actor-director Michael Lembeck is 64. TV personality Phyllis George is 63. Rock singer Tim Finn is 60. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 58. Rock musician David Paich (Toto) is 58. Actor Michael Sabatino is 57. Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais is 51. Actor John Benjamin Hickey is 49. Rock singer George Michael is 49. Actress Erica Gimpel is 48. Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo is 46. Rapper-producer Richie Rich is 45. Rapper Candyman is 44. Contemporary Christian musician Sean Kelly (Sixpence None the Richer) is 41. Actress Angela Kinsey is 41. Rock musician Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) is 40. Rock musician Mario Calire is 38. Actress Linda Cardellini is 37. Actress Busy Philipps is 33.
Thought for Today: "It is not depravity that afflicts the human race so much as a general lack of intelligence." - Agnes Repplier, American writer and social critic (1858-1950).