Glancing Backward, Aug. 20, 2013
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2013. There are 133 days left in the year.
Today's Highlights in History:
On August 20, 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization drive.
Glancing Backward Locally;
25 years ago - 1988
Quilters from the Old Fashioned Quilt Club Sophia Bundle, Helen Broschart and Anna Trick displayed the club's wares at the B&C Clothing Outlet in Dushore yesterday. This display, among others, is part of Dushore's annual Founder's Day Celebration which continues today with festivities beginning at 9 a.m.
Sayre police report that three out-of-state residents have been arrested for selling items door-to-door in the borough without a permit. The subjects were cited and taken before District Magistrate Fordham Wood. They pled guilty and were fined $33.50 each, according to police.
The Athens High School football team practiced this week for the upcoming school football season. Head Coach Cliff Gigee said that practice started Monday, Aug. 15, and will continue through Friday, Aug. 26.
50 years ago - 1963
The Athens Merchants defeated Sunday afternoon 2-1 in a sharp Burlington Softball League game. Don Johnson was the winning twirler for Athens, allowing one hit. Big Bob Hettick, on the mound for Burlington, allowed only three hits.
Jack Widan, NBC news photographer, was a week-end guest of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Bush of Standing Stone. Widen had been in this territory previously covering the Indian Council held at Wyalusing Rocks.
Charles F. Wells of Terrytown was delighted the members of the Towanda Rotary Club at their weekly meeting Monday with a demonstration of numerous very fine guns from the collection owned by him and his father.
50 years ago - 1963
The curiosity of two Monroeton girls - Tracy Smith, age 10 and Janet Burnett, age 11, led Monday to the recovery of an automobile stolen from the Ingersol-Rand parking lot at Athens last Friday night. The girls on Saturday noticed the car in a filed adjacent to the home of Tracy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mason Smith, its view from the highway hidden by a high growth of corn. In the excitement of Old Home Day at Monroeton Saturday they forgot to do anything about their discovery, but yesterday they remembered the car and went to investigate.
Mrs. Rita MacDonald, Red Cross secretary, made known yesterday that the need for blood donors in this area is most urgent.
Charles F. Welles of Terrytown delighted members of the Towanda Rotary Club at their weekly luncheon meeting Monday with a demonstration of numerous very fine guns from the collection owned by him and his father, who was also at the Rotary gathering.
75 years ago -1938
A great week of community service to youths and to the older groups as well will come to a close over the Sabbath when Rev. Wade C. Smith, well known illustrator, youth evangelist and adult worker, delivers his concluding messages in Towanda.
George Breitenbach of Union City, who was to have been married next month to Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Sherman, foster daughter of Mrs. A. J. Sherman, formerly of Towanda, died at Jersey City Medical Center as the result of an unusual accident, according to word received here yesterday. He was riding on an automobile which was going 10 miles an hour and was examining the carburetor when he lost his balance and fell off, striking his head. His skull was fractured. The wedding was to have taken place Sept. 18 at Bergenfield, N.J., where Miss Sherman's parents reside.
That there will be no local or so-called amateur acts of entertainment at his year's Bradford County Fair was revealed yesterday by Karl D. Shiner, secretary of the Fair Association. Mr. Shiner stated that the money usually allotted to horse racing has been used to engage several exceptional entertainers who will perform each afternoon and evening that the fair is to be open.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.
In 1862, the New York Tribune published an open letter by editor Horace Greeley calling on President Abraham Lincoln to take more aggressive measures to free the slaves and end the South's rebellion.
In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.
In 1910, a series of forest fires swept through parts of Idaho, Montana and Washington, killing at least 85 people and burning some 3 million acres.
In 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force before the House of Commons, saying, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
In 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
In 1955, hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
In 1972, the Wattstax concert took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Ten years ago: Opponents of Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez) turned in 2.7 million signatures to demand a referendum on ending his tumultuous presidency. The United States won the women's overall team gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, Calif.; Romania took the silver medal and Australia, the bronze.
Today's Birthdays: Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 94. Boxing promoter Don King is 82. Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 78. Actor-director Peter Horton is 60. TV weatherman Al Roker is 59. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 42. Actor Andrew Garfield is 30. Actress-singer Demi Lovato is 21.