Glancing Backward, 6/4/12
Today is Monday, June 4, the 156th day of 2012. There are 210 days left in the year.
Today's highlight in history:
On June 4, 1942, the World War II Battle of Midway began, resulting in a decisive American victory against Japan and marking the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The highest honor the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs can bestow was given to John Ellis of Sayre at the group's state convention at the Guthrie Inn, Sayre.
Wendy Hale and Kevin Johnson received high honors at the recently held Northeast Bradford High School All-Sports Banquet. Hale was honored with the Scholar Athlete Award and Johnson was voted the Dan Hildebrandt Award recipient.
Brian T. Mackey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Mackey of Towanda, has been awarded the prestigious National Merit Scholarship for 1987.
50 years ago - 1962
With entries listed all the way from Ottawa, Canada, to Virginia, the first official canoe race over a river course in Pennsylvania was staged yesterday on the Susquehanna from Wysox to Wyalusing. National attention was focused on the event because the American Olympic coach and other big names in canoeing were taking part.
Canton High School honor students for the class of 1962 are: valedictorian Thomas J. Innes, whose average is 97.122; salutatorian Jean Brenchley with an average of 94, and Lamont Butters, whose average is 93.577 for third honors.
Wyalusing Valley High School is losing two of its athletic coaches, Robert French, head baseball coach, and William Conroy, track coach. French is going to Oakland, Ore., and Conroy is going to Johnson City.
75 years ago - 1937
Bobby Helps, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene D. Means of Towanda, won high honors again this year in the piano tournament of the National Guild of Piano Teachers held in New York.
Celebrating his 81st birthday today is Wilson F. Voorhis of Towanda, one of the proprietors of the Voorhis Wholesale Co., former register and recorder of Bradford County, a loyal member of the Towanda Rod and Gun club, "pitch" player deluxe, and a gracious, charming gentleman.
Dates of Pennsylvania's fairs have been announced: the Troy Fair is Aug. 24-28 and the Bradford County Fair in Towanda is Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: President George W. Bush left on an eight-day European trip that included a Group of Eight summit in Germany. Military judges dismissed charges against a Guantanamo detainee accused of chauffeuring Osama bin Laden and another who allegedly killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. Insurgents linked to al-Qaida issued a video in which they claimed to have killed all three U.S. soldiers captured in an ambush on May 12. (The bodies of the soldiers were later recovered.) A federal indictment accused Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., of receiving more than $500,000 in bribes (Jefferson was later convicted of bribery and racketeering).
One year ago: China's Li Na captured her first Grand Slam singles title, becoming the first tennis player from China, man or woman, to achieve such a feat; Na beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the French Open final. Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, 80, died in Charlottesville, Va.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Bruce Dern is 76. Musician Roger Ball is 68. Actress-singer Michelle Phillips is 68. Jazz musician Anthony Braxton is 67. Rock musician Danny Brown (The Fixx) is 61. Actor Parker Stevenson is 60. Actor Keith David is 56. Actress Julie Gholson is 54. Actor Eddie Velez is 54. Singer-musician El DeBarge is 51. Actress Julie White is 51. Actress Lindsay Frost is 50. Tennis player Andrea Jaeger is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Al B. Sure! is 44. Actor Scott Wolf is 44. Actor-comedian Rob Huebel is 43. Comedian Horatio Sanz is 43. Actor Noah Wyle is 41.
Rock musician Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band) is 38. Actor-comedian Russell Brand is 37. Actress Angelina Jolie is 37. Actor Theo Rossi is 37. Alt-country singer Kasey Chambers is 36. Rock musician JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 32. Model Bar Refaeli (ruh-FEHL'-lee) is 27. Rock musician Zac Farro is 22.
Thought for Today: "If America forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution."- Carl Sandburg, American writer (1878-1967).