Glancing Backward, Aug. 15, 2013
Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2013. There are 138 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
The 10th annual Youth Fishing Contest was held in Litchfield at Twigg's Pond.
Rep. J. Scot Chadwick reminded motorists of the special laws involving school buses with school resuming.
Waverly Free Library announced the availability of their video collection.
50 years ago - 1963
W. E. Lehr, superintendent of motive power for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, was named president of the board of trustees of the Robert Packer Hospital.
The Joint Operating Committee of the Towanda Area Schools heard a letter from Harry A. Crumbling, supervising principal of Troy High School, concerning area winter interscholastic athletic schedules.
The annual ice cream social sponsored by Standing Stone W.S.C.S. was held at the church.
75 years ago - 1938
Approximately 1,200 people turned out for the second annual outing held yesterday at the Bradford County Sportsmen's fair grounds in East Towanda.
The six softball teams representing the five communities of Leroy, West Leroy, East Canton, Windfall and West Burlington sponsored a get-together and benefit social at the Leroy ball diamond.
Towanda's industries placed displays in stores of samples of the things they produced.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.
In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV.
In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.
In 1812, the Battle of Fort Dearborn took place as Potawatomi warriors attacked a U.S. military garrison of about 100 people. (Most of the garrison was killed, while the remainder were taken prisoner.)
In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow in the Alaska Territory.
In 1945, in a radio address, Japan's Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.
In 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.
In 1961, as workers began constructing a Berlin Wall made of concrete, East German soldier Conrad Schumann leapt to freedom over a tangle of barbed wire.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents. Bahrain declared its independence from Britain.
In 1974, a gunman attempted to shoot South Korean President Park Chung-hee during a speech; although Park was unhurt, his wife was struck and killed, along with a teenage girl. (The gunman was later executed.)
In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh (OH'-mah), Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility.
Ten years ago: Bouncing back from the largest blackout in U.S. history, cities from the Midwest to Manhattan restored power to millions of people.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Rose Marie is 90. Actress Lori Nelson is 80. Musician Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) is 71. Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 69. Movie director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (ihn-YAH'-ee-tu) is 50. Singer Mikey Graham (Boyzone) is 41. Actress Nicole Paggi is 36. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is 23.