Glancing Backward, 7/20/12
Today is Friday, July 20, the 202nd day of 2012. There are 164 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1987
The storage building of the James F. Smith Funeral Home, 307 York Ave., Towanda, was destroyed in a blaze that lit the early morning sky over the weekend. The house in which the fire occurred was restored and was planned for use as a residence and funeral accessory showroom.
Many area craftsmen attended the two-day Laporte Artisan Show held at Laporte Park over the weekend. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, the show drew a number of arts and crafts enthusiasts.
Pennsylvania's 2,569 local governments will share $5.5 million in fines collected from state police-issued traffic citations being distributed by the Department of Transportation, it was recently announced.
50 years ago - 1962
The Susquehanna River at Towanda has reached a near all-time low, according to Lavern Root, official U.S. weather observer. At the beginning of the week it registered .05 feet above low water mark. After recent rains the level rose to .11 feet above the low water mark.
The Wyalusing Grange recently held a baking contest. Winners were: breads, Mrs. Arlene Wilson and Mrs. Grace Stalford; cookies, Mrs. Mabel Felton; cake, Mrs. Charlotte Stalford.
Towanda's All-Stars stepped off on the right foot in their opening Little League tournament game, defeating the Athens All-Stars last evening 13-2. The engagement was played at Athens and drew a large crowd.
75 years ago - 1937
At its last meeting in the town hall in West Burlington, the 4-H club elected the following officers: President Marletta Smith; Vice-President Betty Bristol; Secretary-Treasurer Verna Paris; Song Leader Bertha Wrisley; Game Leader and Corresponding Secretary Eleanor Scouten.
Having received the unanimous endorsement of the lodges of the district, Harry J. Farr of Sayre was recently appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the First District of Bradford County IOOF.
Numerous large elm trees in Towanda are infested with elm tree worms, it was disclosed yesterday. The worms have been noted for some time and steps have been taken by local tree lovers to fight the infestation.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States convened in Richmond, Va.
In 1871, British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian province.
In 1917, the draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
In 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion at Hitler's Rastenburg headquarters only wounded the Nazi leader. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.
In 1976, America's Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.
Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Sally Ann Howes is 82. Rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef is 77. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., is 76. Actress Diana Rigg is 74. Rock musician John Lodge (The Moody Blues) is 69. Country singer T.G. Sheppard is 68. Singer Kim Carnes is 67. Rock musician Carlos Santana is 65. Rock musician Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols, Man Raze) is 56. Actress Donna Dixon is 55. Rock musician Mick McNeil (Simple Minds) is 54. Country singer Radney Foster is 53. Actor Frank Whaley is 49. Rock singer Chris Cornell is 48. Rock musician Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) is 46. Actor Reed Diamond is 45. Actor Josh Holloway is 43. Singer Vitamin C is 43. Actor Omar Epps is 39. Actor Simon Rex is 38. Actress Judy Greer is 37. Actor Charlie Korsmo is 34. Singer Elliott Yamin (American Idol) is 34. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is 32. Rock musician Mike Kennerty is 32. Actor Percy Daggs III is 30. Actor John Francis Daley is 27. Country singer-ballroom dancer Julianne Hough is 24. Actress Billi Bruno is 16.
Thought for Today: "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - Will Rogers, American humorist (1879-1935).