Glancing Backward, April 21, 2014
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 21, 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Students at the Troy Senior High School recently selected Francis L. Beeman as Teacher of the Year for the 1988-89 school year.
Students at the Troy Middle School recently learned about the nursing profession at a career day held.
State Sen. Roger Madigan presented a citation to the Troy Area School District football team for the excellence achieved during the 1988 football season.
50 years ago - 1964
The recent Easter Seal campaign conducted by the Bradford-Sullivan Counties Society for Crippled Children and Adults, received $3,505.64 from the two county area.
Jim Hesburgh, Andaste District Activities chairman, selected the Earl Gamble farm outside of Warren Center as the site for the Spring Camporee.
Towanda gymnasts display talent and skill at the annual gym show to nearly a full house recently.
75 years ago - 1939
The spring meeting of the Bradford County Parent-Teachers Association was held in the courthouse recently.
A gavel was presented to the Tri-County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary which was made from wood taken from timbers used in the "Queen's House" built in Asylum in 1792.
The seniors of Wyalusing High School, numbering 28 enjoyed a trip to Washington, D.C.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1980, Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon; however, she was later exposed as a fraud. (Canadian Jacqueline Gareau was named the actual winner of the women's race.)
In 1989, the baseball fantasy "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner, was released by Universal Pictures.
Ten years ago: Five suicide attackers detonated car bombs against police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people. Mordechai Vanunu walked out of prison, 18 years after exposing Israel's nuclear secrets. Karl Hass, a former Nazi officer convicted for the wartime massacre of 335 Italian civilians, died in a rest home near Rome, where he had been serving a life sentence under house arrest; he was 92. Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory died at age 85.
Five years ago: Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill tripling the size of the AmeriCorps service program. The sole survivor of a pirate attack on an American cargo ship off the Somali coast was charged as an adult with piracy in federal court in New York. (A prosecutor said Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse (AHB'-dih-wah-lee AHB'-dih-kah-dir moo-SAY') had given wildly varying ages for himself before finally admitting he was 18. Muse later pleaded guilty to hijacking, kidnapping and hostage-taking and was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison.)
One year ago: On the first Sunday since the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, churches paused to mourn the dead and console the survivors while in West, Texas, residents prayed for comfort four days after a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people. In Britain, the London Marathon sent out a powerful message of solidarity with Boston and its victims as runners crossed the line in front of Buckingham Palace with black ribbons on their chests (Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia won the men's race in 2:06:04). Joe Scarborough, a 50-year-old self-employed electrical contractor, rolled the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history - three straight perfect games.
Today's Birthdays: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is 88. Actress-comedian-writer Elaine May is 82. Actor Charles Grodin is 79. Actor Reni Santoni (REH'-nee san-TOH'-nee) is 76. Singer-musician Iggy Pop is 67. Actress Patti LuPone is 65. Actor Tony Danza is 63. Actress Andie MacDowell is 56. Rock singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 55. Rock musician Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 55. Actor John Cameron Mitchell is 51. Rapper Michael Franti (Spearhead) is 48.
Actor Toby Stephens is 45. Rock singer-musician Glen Hansard (The Frames) is 44. Actor Rob Riggle is 44. Comedian Nicole Sullivan is 44. Football player-turned-actor Brian White is 41. Rock musician David Brenner (Theory of a Deadman) is 36. Actor James McAvoy is 35. NFL quarterback Tony Romo is 34. Actor Christoph (cq) Sanders is 26.