Glancing Backward, Aug. 19, 2013
Today is Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2013. There are 134 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 19, 1848, the New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Although "there's no definite date," Bradford County Chairman William McNett said yesterday the board "is looking to a reassement.
The Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority (NTSWA) proposed a budget of over $2.5 million, more than doubling last year's figures, and accepted an agreement with GTE Products Corp., for its Waste Energy Project at last night's meeting.
Winners of the greased watermelon contest during the final day of Towanda Borough's summer recreation program on Thursday were Helen Snell, Wendy Croley, Stacey Manchester and Karen Sykora.
75 years ago - 1938
Following extensive remodeling operations to promote efficiency and better convenience for customers, the formal opening of the new Vandervort Mill at Wysox will take place next week in connection with the 66th anniversary of the Vandervort Mills organization.
Norman E. Aten, assistant superintendent of Bradford County schools for the past 11 years, died at the Tioga General Hospital, Waverly, at 3 o'clock this Friday morning.
Lucky Teeter, world's champion daredevil, and his Hell Divers, famed for their amazing daring and for their astounding stunts in automobiles and on motorcycles, will again demonstrate their breath-taking repertoire of thrillers at the Chemung County Fair in Elmira on Monday.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat arrived in Albany, two days after leaving New York.
In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.
In 1936, the first of a series of show trials orchestrated by Soviet leader Josef Stalin began in Moscow as 16 defendants faced charges of conspiring against the government. All were convicted and executed.
In 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50 percent casualties.
In 1960, a tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage. Although sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, Powers was returned to the United States in 1962 as part of a prisoner exchange.
In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City.
In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner made a fiery emergency return to the Riyadh airport.
In 1982, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (sah-VEETS'-kah-yah) became the second woman to be launched into space.
In 1991, Soviet hard-liners made the stunning announcement that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power, a coup attemp that collapsed two days later.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Debra Paget is 80. Former MLB All-Star Bobby Richardson is 78. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 74. Actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson is 71. Country singer-songwriter Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 68. Former President Bill Clinton is 67. Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 65. Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 62. Actor Peter Gallagher is 58. Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz is 55. Actor John Stamos is 50. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 48. Actor Matthew Perry is 44. Olympic gold medal tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 42. Actress Tracie Thoms is 38. Country singer Rissi (REE'-see) Palmer is 32. Actress Erika Christensen is 31. Country singer Karli Osborn is 29. Olympic silver medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is 28. Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 28. Rapper Romeo is 24.
Thought for Today: "Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers." - Janis Joplin, American rock singer (1943-1970).