Glancing Backward, 7/14/12
Today is Saturday, July 14, the 196th day of 2012. There are 170 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 14, 1912, American folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Okla.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
At last night's Towanda Borough Council meeting, Sharon Weed, council president, resigned from her council seat, a move which was accepted with regret.
The Sullivan County Commissioners signed a contract with the Endless Mountains Transportation Authority at their meeting yesterday.
Canton Borough Council last night placed priorities on projects to be included in their Community Block Grant application. Receiving priorities were: 1. Removal of abutment and widening of West Union Street; 2. Repair or replace bridge and repair soil erosion on Lycoming Street; 3. Improvements to recreation area around pool; and 4. Preservation of former blacksmith shop on Sullivan Street.
50 years ago - 1962
Weekly tournament in this week's Towanda playground activities featured the checkers tournament with Keith Smiley, First Ward, winning the 13 and over competition and Rodney Schoonover, also of First Ward, winning the 12 and under competition.
Work is progressing on the New Wesleyan Methodist Church that is being built on the Bentley Creek-Bucks Creek Road corner.
Two girls received the highest awards at the annual Sulbra Youth Council of Farmer Cooperatives meeting held recently at New Albany Park. Miss Donna Morgan of Shunk was first place winner and Miss Linda Ballard of Troy was the second place winner.
75 years ago - 1937
Paul Marshall and Elting Johnson won the recent two-ball foursome tournament, winning two new Towanda Country Club golf balls.
Fred Olmstead, for 20 years manager of one of the Grand Union Company's stores in Towanda, has been retired on a life pension by that company, it was learned yesterday.
Negotiations have been completed for the formation of a Tennis League consisting of Corning, Sly Park (Elmira), Waverly and Monroeton.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1789, during the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.
In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry relayed to Japanese officials a letter from President Millard Fillmore requesting trade relations.
In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias "Billy the Kid," was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M.
In 1902, the original, centuries-old Campanile di San Marco in Venice, Italy, collapsed.
In 1911, Harry N. Atwood became the first pilot to land an airplane (a Wright Model B biplane) on the grounds of the White House after flying in from Boston; he was greeted by President William Howard Taft.
In 1913, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Neb.
In 1921, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Mass., of murdering a shoe company paymaster and his guard.
In 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed.
In 1960, British researcher Jane Goodall arrived at the Gombe Stream Reserve in the Tanganyika Territory to begin her famous study of chimpanzees in the wild.
In 1966, eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.
In 1972, the State Department criticized actress Jane Fonda for making antiwar radio broadcasts in Hanoi, calling them "distressing." Jean Westwood was appointed the first female chair of the Democratic National Committee.
In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in New York.
Five years ago: North Korea told the United States it had shut down its nuclear reactor, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm. Former presidents, fellow first ladies and about 1,800 other people attended a private funeral in Austin, Texas, for Lady Bird Johnson, the widow of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
One year ago: A federal judge in Washington, D.C. declared a mistrial in baseball star Roger Clemens' perjury trial over inadmissible evidence shown to jurors.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Dale Robertson is 89. Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 86. Actress Nancy Olson is 84. Actress Polly Bergen is 82. Former football player and actor Rosey Grier is 80. Actor Vincent Pastore is 66. Former music company executive Tommy Mottola is 63. Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 60. Actor Jerry Houser is 60. Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 60. Actor Stan Shaw is 60. Movie producer Scott Rudin is 54. Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 52. Country musician Ray Herndon is 52. Actress Jane Lynch (TV: "Glee") is 52. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 51. Actor Matthew Fox is 46. Rock musician Ellen Reid is 46. Rock singer-musician Tanya Donelly is 46. Actress Missy Gold is 42. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tameka Cottle is 37. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 37. Hip-hop musician taboo (Black Eyed Peas) is 37. Actor Scott Porter is 33.
Thought for Today: "Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow." - Woody Guthrie (1912-1967).