Glancing Backward, 6/5/12
Today is Tuesday, June 5, the 157th day of 2012. There are 209 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Plans are progressing for the P&C Food Store, now located on Elmira Street in Athens Township, to relocate into a new building, yet to be constructed just north of its present site. It is currently located in a shopping plaza with Fay's Drugs and Ames Department Store.
At this week's meeting of the Monroe Township Supervisors, it was decided that due to the absence of the township police officer, caused by illness, residents of Monroe Township should contact the state police for any emergencies that may arise until further notice.
Matt Hutz, a senior at Athens High School, was recently honored as the recipient of the Forbes Award, presented to the most outstanding male athlete of the Valley.
50 years ago - 1962
George O'Neill of Towanda, retired Pennsylvania State Police officer, has opened a sporting goods store in the location at 508 Main Street.
Troy Community High school recently graduated a class of 138 at its 92nd commencement. Cheryl Gates gave the salutatory address and Cheryl Spalding gave the valedictory address.
The honor students at the SRU High School are Joan Watkins, Phyllis Isbell and John Eiklor.
75 years ago - 1937
It was recently revealed that Eugene Weed, considered one of the most industrious and thrifty of Burlington Township's younger farmers, has bought the former O.J. Woodruff farm at Franklindale through the assistance of the federal government.
Archie Brague of Powell is doing some painting this week at the home of Mrs. Jesse Proof, Monroeton.
Recently, seven girls met at the home of Miss Hope Madigan, Towanda, and formed the Rainbow 4H Clothing Club.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1794, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that was at peace with the United States.
In 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as The Marshall Plan.
In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Henderson v. United States, struck down racially segregated railroad dining cars.
In 1967, war erupted in the Mideast as Israel raided military aircraft parked on the ground in Egypt; Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict.
In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.
Today's Birthdays: Actor-singer Bill Hayes is 87. Broadcast journalist Bill Moyers is 78. Author Margaret Drabble is 73. Country singer Don Reid is 67. Rock musician Fred Stone is 66. Rock singer Laurie Anderson is 65. Country singer Gail Davies is 64. Author Ken Follett is 63. Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is 61. Financial guru Suze Orman is 61. Rock musician Nicko McBrain is 60. Jazz musician Kenny G is 56. Rock singer Richard Butler is 56. Actor Jeff Garlin is 50. Actress Karen Sillas is 49. Actor Ron Livingston is 45. Singer Brian McKnight is 43. Rock musician Claus Norreen is 42. Actor Mark Wahlberg is 41. Actor Chad Allen is 38. Rock musician P-Nut (311) is 38. Actress Navi Rawat is 35. Actress Liza Weil is 35. Rock musician Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is 33. Rock musician Seb Lefebvre (Simple Plan) is 31. Actress Amanda Crew is 26.
Thought for Today: "What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." - Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. senator (1925-1968).