Glancing Backward, 7/18/12
Today is Saturday, July 21, the 203rd day of 2012. There are 163 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 21, 1925, the so-called "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, Tenn., with John T. Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. (The conviction was later overturned on a technicality.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Waverly Mayor Andrew Quinlan is proposing to consolidate the Village police force with the Tioga County Sheriff's Department, but Sheriff Raymond Ayres is remaining noncommittal.
After more than 50 years in the same office, the firm of Davis, Murphy and Niemiec is moving to its newly remodeled home at the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Towanda.
D.D. Westbrook, an employee in the pressroom at The Daily Review, is celebrating a birthday today.
50 years ago - 1962
Celebrating his birthday today is Carl Manley, type-setting machine operator in the employ of the Towanda Printing Co.
Women golfers of the Towanda, Mansfield and Wellsboro Country Clubs had "their day" at the Mansfield Club yesterday. There was quite an assembly of feminine golf talent and the occasion proved most delightful.
The Western Bradford County Horseshoe League is in full swing with six clubs in competition. Gillett leads the league with 126 points.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1773, Pope Clement XIV issued an order suppressing the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. (The Society was restored by Pope Pius VII in 1814.)
In 1796, Scottish poet Robert Burns died in Dumfries at age 37.
In 1861, during the Civil War, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Va., resulting in a Confederate victory.
In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed an executive order establishing the Veterans Administration (later the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).
In 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II.
In 1949, the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
In 1952, the Democratic National Convention, which would nominate Adlai Stevenson for president, opened in Chicago.
In 1959, the NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, was christened by first lady Mamie Eisenhower at Camden, N.J.
In 1961, Capt. Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth, flying aboard the Liberty Bell 7.
In 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin blasted off from the moon aboard the ascent stage of the lunar module for docking with the command module.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Kay Starr is 90. Movie director Norman Jewison is 86. Former Attorney General Janet Reno is 74. Actress Patricia Elliott is 70. Actor David Downing is 69. Actor Edward Herrmann is 69. Actor Leigh Lawson is 67. Actor Wendell Burton is 65. Actor Art Hindle is 64. Singer Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) is 64. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 64. Comedian-actor Robin Williams is 61. Actor Jamey Sheridan is 61. Rock singer-musician Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) is 59. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 55. Actor Lance Guest is 52. Actor Matt Mulhern is 52. Comedian Greg Behrendt is 49. Rock musician Koen Lieckens (K's Choice) is 46. Rock singer Emerson Hart is 43. Country singer Paul Brandt is 40. Actress Ali Landry is 39. Actor Justin Bartha is 34. Actor Josh Hartnett is 34. Contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath is 34. Actress Sprague Grayden is 34. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 34. Country singer Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) is 34. MLB All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia is 32. Singer Blake Lewis ("American Idol") is 31. Rock musician Johan Carlsson (Carolina Liar) is 28. Actress Vanessa Lengies is 27. Actor Jamie Waylett ("Harry Potter" films) is 23.
Thought for Today: "Suspense is worse than disappointment." - Robert Burns (1759-1796).