Glancing Backward, 7/10/12
Today is Tuesday, July 10, the 192nd day of 2012. There are 174 days left in the year.
Today's Highlights in History:
On July 10, 1962, AT&T's Telstar 1 communications satellite, capable of relaying television signals and telephone calls, was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral. President John F. Kennedy signed the All-Channel Receiver Act, which required that new TV sets be capable of receiving UHF (ultra-high frequency) channels 14 through 83 in addition to VHF (very high frequency) channels 2 through 13.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Eleven months after its ground-breaking, doors opened yesterday morning at the newest branch of the First National Bank of Bradford County located at 412 N. Elmira St., Athens Township.
Alice Ann Saxe was the winner of the Towanda Country Club's Ladies Invitational held yesterday at the Towanda Country Club.
Three Troy sophomores have been selected to participate in the Keystone State Games for basketball. Jim Hutter, Ken May and Steve Renzi, all 15, survived a pair of tryout camps held earlier to earn the chance to play in the Region II Junior age division team.
50 years ago - 1962
Robert Hettick has purchased land on the former James Bailey farm and has built a beautiful, modern home there, which he and his bride will occupy in the near future.
Army Private Charles F. Sawicki, son of Mt. and Mrs. Luther King of Athens, recently arrived at Wurzburg, Germany, and is now assigned to the 78th Ordinance Co. Field Supply.
Ridgebury Township firemen won the all-point trophy in tournaments held recently at the Pine City Firemen's Eighth Annual Pit Barbecue.
75 years ago - 1937
The Towanda Public Library is to be repainted and redecorated for the first time in many years. The dark green walls are to be replaced with walls of a lighter hue, possibly cream or ivory, at least something more restful for the eyes.
A German glider alighted late yesterday afternoon on Ross Bacon's landing field in Hornbrook. The glider was one of a number entered in the National Soaring Meet at Elmira, and flew from Harris Hill.
Last week the children and grandchildren of Mr. an Mrs. Sterling Wickwire gathered at their Macedonia home in recognition of their 64th wedding anniversary.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification.
In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air.
Today's Birthdays: Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 91. Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 89. Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 85. Actor William Smithers is 85. Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 81. Director Ivan Passer is 79. Actor Lawrence Pressman is 73. Singer Mavis Staples is 73. Actor Mills Watson is 72. Actor Robert Pine is 71. Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 69. International Tennis Hall of Famer Virginia Wade is 67. Actor Ron Glass is 67. Actress Sue Lyon is 66. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 65. Rock musician Dave Smalley is 63. Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 61. Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 58. Banjo player Bela Fleck is 54. Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 52. Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 47. Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 47. Actor Gale Harold is 43. Country singer Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) is 42. Actor Aaron D. Spears is 41. Actress Sofia Vergara is 40. Rockabilly singer Imelda May is 38. Actor Adrian Grenier is 36. Actress Gwendoline Yeo is 35. Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 32. Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 32. Rock musician John Spiker is 31. Actress Heather Hemmens is 28.
Thought for Today: "One must choose in life between boredom and suffering." - Germaine de Stael, French author (1766-1817).