Glancing Backward, 7/3/12
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
Swayze Folding Box Company, Route 414, Canton, has a new owner, Michael Wische.
Agnes and Dutch Repsher of Laceyville are celebrating their 56th anniversary today.
Steve May of Troy has been selected to advance to the fourth round of the American Legion Baseball All-Star Trials.
50 years ago - 1962
A provisional appointment has been made by the Board of County Commissioners whereby Mrs. Helen Beirne Barrett of Towanda becomes director of the Bradford County Child Welfare Services.
According to word received from Lt. Col. James Moran, deputy commander, Tobyhanna Signal Depot, a radio and teletype mobile unit of the U.S. Army Signal Corps is due to arrive in Towanda at about noon today.
Opal Fulda with 35 points and Jim Allen with 37 points were the winners in the mixed golf best ball tournament held over the past three weeks at the local course. Twenty-eight participated.
75 years ago - 1937
Thomas C. Boyce, Tunkhannock grocer, and a member of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, was honored at their last meeting recently by being presented with a Century Pin for having attended 600 successive club meetings.
Recently Capt. and Mrs. Robert A. Bush arrived in Towanda to carry on the work of the local Salvation Army corps.
The Borough Council in Canton is carrying on an aggressive campaign against careless autoists in Canton, which has already begun to bear fruit. The main streets have been marked off for parking spaces, slow and stop signals have been erected, and drivers have been warned against speeding on the main streets.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."
In 1862, during the Civil War, Confederate forces led by Gen. Robert E. Lee withdrew to Richmond, Va., after driving back Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's troops.
In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.)
In 1912, the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore nominated New Jersey Gov. Woodrow Wilson for president.
In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.
In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
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.
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 is 47. Actress Yancy Butler is 42. Contemporary Christian musician Melodee DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 36. Actor Owain 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 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?).