Glancing Backward, 6/6/13
Today is Thursday, June 6, the 157th day of 2013. There are 208 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on "D-Day," beginning the liberation of German-occupied western Europe during World War II.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
A fire that broke out Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Sayre is being treated as a suspected arson by Sayre and the state police. Damage to the church, located at 200 Lockhart St., was estimated at $50,000. According to Fire Chief Don Schrader, the structure sustained extensive smoke and water damage.
Sunny skies and a nice breeze made the day enjoyable for those who attended the annual St. Mary's and St. Anthony's Church picnic held yesterday in Wyalusing.
The Spaulding Memorial Library of Athens and the Towanda Public Library, Towanda, in cooperation with the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, will present a children's program featuring Steve Abrams at the libraries. He will be performing "Aesop's Fables: at the Spaulding Memorial Library and "Someone Else's Shoes" at the Towanda Library.
50 years ago - 1963
John Harrison was the winner of the Dr. George B. Terry award presented Wednesday during the Wyalusing Valley Joint Jr. Sr. High School awards ceremony, for an essay on citizenship.
Prof. Arthur M. Wellington of the Pennsylvania State University will deliver the commencement address at the 80th annual commencement of Towanda High School in the high school gymnasium.
At Quick & Jennings in Wysox: Rib steaks - 59 cents a pound; U.S. No. 1 potatoes, 50-pound bag $1.49; new 50-pound bag $2.49; hot dogs, 2-pound bag 85 cents; 6-pound box $2.39; chuck roast - 39 cents a pound.
75 years ago - 1938
Dr. Donald Guthrie, surgeon-in-chief of the Robert Packer Hospital and head of the famous Guthrie Clinic at Sayre, is critically ill from pneumonia at his home, 118 S. Wilbur Ave., Sayre. A bulletin given out by doctors last night said while he is seriously ill, he general condition is "satisfactory."
Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Spencer of Pine Street, Towanda, will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary today with a family dinner at the home of their nephew, William Green of Sayre.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden County, N.J. (The movie shown was "Wives Beware," starring Adolphe Menjou.)
In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.
In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, a day after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.
In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.
In 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country. (The Israelis withdrew in June 1985.)
In 1985, authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious "Angel of Death" of the Nazi Holocaust.
Ten years ago: The government reported the U.S. unemployment rate had hit a nine-year high of 6.1 percent the previous month. Already the holder of U.S. rights to the Olympics through 2008, NBC secured the contracts for the 2010 and 2012 games for $2.2 billion.
Five years ago: The Dow industrial average dropped 394.64 points to 12,209.81, its worst loss in more than a year. Crude futures made their biggest single-day jump ever, soaring nearly $11 for the day to $138.54 a barrel. Actor Bob Anderson, who played young George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life," died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 75.
One year ago: Business social network LinkedIn reported that some of its users' passwords had been stolen and leaked onto the Internet. New Yorkers lined the West Side waterfront to welcome the space shuttle Enterprise as it sailed up the Hudson River to its new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Billie Whitelaw is 81. Civil rights activist Roy Innis is 79. Singer-songwriter Gary "U.S." Bonds is 74. Country singer Joe Stampley is 70. Actor Robert Englund is 66. Folk singer Holly Near is 64. Singer Dwight Twilley is 62. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein (FY'-ur-steen) is 61.
Comedian Sandra Bernhard is 58. International Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg is 57. Actress Amanda Pays is 54. Comedian Colin Quinn is 54. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 54. Rock musician Steve Vai is 53. Rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) is 52. Actor Jason Isaacs is 50. Rock musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie) is 47. Actor Max Casella is 46. Actor Paul Giamatti is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Damion Hall (Guy) is 45. Rock musician Bardi Martin is 44. Rock musician James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn) is 43. TV correspondent Natalie Morales is 41. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 40. Rapper-rocker Uncle Kracker is 39. Actress Sonya Walger is 39. Actress Staci Keanan is 38. Actress Amber Borycki is 30. Actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (TV: "Modern Family") is six.
Thought for Today: "To be successful, grow to the point where one completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause." - Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915).