Glancing Backward, Aug. 16, 2013
Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2013. There are 137 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
New borough councilman Steven Bahr was sworn in by Troy Mayor John Vineski at a Troy Borough Council meeting.
Rather than re-instituting the bussing issue, Towanda Area School Board members formally agree to establish a shuttle run.
The Monroe Township Old Home Days kicked off the evening with the highlight being a disc jockey from radio station WAAL-FM.
50 years ago - 1963
About 50 members and guests attended the court of honor of Troop 10, Boy Scouts, at the Federated Church in East Smithfield.
The Endless Mountains Skydivers of Towanda appeared for a two-hour show for Monroeton Old Home Day.
The Bradford County 4-H Council met to plan their Achievement Night.
75 years ago - 1938
The second annual Rural Women's Recreational Camp opened at Camp Brule with 47 registered campers.
The dean of education from Pennsylvania State College spoke at the Towanda Rotary Club's meeting.
The 100th anniversary of the Christian Church of New Albany was observed.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.
In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.
In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation 86, which prohibited the states of the Union from engaging in commercial trade with states in rebellion - i.e., the Confederacy.
In 1913, future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was born in Brest in present-day Belarus.
In 1937, the American Federation of Radio Artists was chartered.
In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.
In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.
In 1962, The Beatles fired their original drummer, Pete Best, replacing him with Ringo Starr.
In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan (SHEE'-an). People worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "harmonic convergence," which heralded what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.
Ten years ago: The Midwest and Northeast were almost fully recovered from the worst power outage in U.S. history. A car driven by U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow ran a stop sign on a rural road in South Dakota and collided with motorcyclist Randy Scott, who died. Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda, died in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia; he was believed to have been about 80.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Ann Blyth is 85. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer J.T. Taylor is 60. Actor Steve Carell (kuh-REHL') is 51. Country singer Emily Robison (The Dixie Chicks) is 41. Actor Cam Gigandet is 31. Actress Rumer Willis is 25. Singer-pianist Greyson Chance is 16.