Glancing Backward, 7/2/12
Today is Monday, July 2, the 184th day of 2012. There are 182 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 2, 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
Celebrating her birthday today is Dawn Cole of Monroeton, an employee at Fox Chase Farms Restaurant.
Rob Wolfe struck gold recently. The Sayre javelin thrower, competing under the TAW Express Track Club banner, put together a toss of 166 feet to lead the local club's contingent of competitors in the Amateur Athletic Union-USA Region II Championships.
At a recent joint meeting of the Athens and Sayre Rotary clubs, Bill Bienek, district governor of Rotary District 741, presided, installing officers for the 1987-88 year. The president for the Athens Rotary is Robert Friant Sr., and the president for the Sayre Rotary is Sid Freedman.
50 years ago - 1962
Celebrating his birthday today is Jacob Hennip, supervising principal of the Northeast Bradford Joint School System.
Rev. William Wilkinson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of South Otselic, N.Y., recently resigned to assume the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Athens.
Stanley N. Clarke of The Daily Review is the new president of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Association.
75 years ago - 1937
Celebrating their birthdays today are Miss Nellie Helen Ellis and Mellie Mae Steele, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Ellis of LeRaysville.
More than 3,000 citizens of Nichols have signed petitions asking the state to take over the Smithboro toll bridge, it was announced yesterday. The toll bridge spans the Susquehanna between Smithboro and Nichols. It is the only approach to Nichols from Route 17.
Carl Woznicki, one of Wyalusing's local transcontinental hitch-hikers, returned to his home recently. He was preceded about three days by his companion, John Keeler. They were gone 30 days and covered an estimated 8,500 miles, passing through 17 states.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1962, the first Walmart store (called "Wal-Mart Discount City") was opened in Rogers, Ark., by Sam Walton and his brother, James.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.
In 1978, Andy Rooney delivered his first commentary on CBS' "60 Minutes" in which he criticized people who keep track of traffic fatalities on holiday weekends.
In 1982, Larry Walters of San Pedro, Calif., used a lawn chair equipped with 45 helium-filled weather balloons to rise to an altitude of 16,000 feet; he landed eight miles away in Long Beach.
In 1997, actor James Stewart died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 89.
Ten years ago: American adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly a balloon solo around the world as he returned to western Australia.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, sparing him a 2½-year prison term in the CIA leak case. Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded his visit to Kennebunkport, Maine, where he'd held talks with President Bush. Opera singer Beverly Sills died in New York at age 78.
One year ago: Petra Kvitova beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 to become the first left-handed woman to win the Wimbledon title since Martina Navratilova in 1990.
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Marvin Rainwater is 87. Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is 83. Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 82. Actor Robert Ito is 81. Actress Polly Holliday is 75. Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu is 73. Writer-director-comedian Larry David is 65. Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 65. Actor Saul Rubinek is 64. Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 63. Rock musician Gene Taylor is 60. Actress-model Jerry Hall is 56. Actor Jimmy McNichol is 51.
Country singer Guy Penrod is 49. Rock musician Dave Parsons (Bush) is 47. Actress Yancy Butler is 42. Contemporary Christian musician Melodee DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 36. Actor Owain (OH'-wyn) Yeoman (TV: "The Mentalist") is 34. Race car driver Sam Hornish Jr. is 33. Singer Michelle Branch is 29. Actress Vanessa Lee Chester is 28. Figure skater Johnny Weir is 28. Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale is 27. Actress Lindsay Lohan (LOH'-uhn) is 26.
Thought for Today: "Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things." - Amelia Earhart (1897-1937?).