Glancing Backward, Aug. 31, 2013
Today is Saturday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2013. There are 122 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 31, 1886, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.3 devastated Charleston, S.C., killing at least 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Fran Kabes and Jim Robbins of Kabes Fencing installed new fencing on a baseball backstop in part of field at Athens High School. Kabes said the fencing was given for the backstop and they are donating their time and effort to put up the fence for the Athens-Sayre Little League.
Fair workers Roger Gilbert, J.R. Ziegler and Royden Parrish prepared the grounds in Forksville for the 137th annual Sullivan County Fair.
John Ryan, P.E., 39, of Laporte, was announced as new manager of PennDOT's Bradford County maintenance office.
50 years ago - 1963
The Canton Merchants, hustling all season for the championship of the Bi-State League, took time out during a practice session to have a team picture taken.
Burton and Charlene Benjamin, Rome RD 1, announced the birth of a daughter, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
The Young Democratic Club of Bradford County held its second meeting in the Rose Room of the Forrest House at Athens. President Eddie Fox of Towanda presided at the enthusiastic session and there was an attendance of about 30.
75 years ago - 1938
"My, ain't I embarrassed!" So spoke Thomas P. Miller, local undertaker, when he was rescued from the top of his speed boat in the middle the Susquehanna River by Henry Harden and Dr. S.B. Black after a bit of adventure that might have ended tragically. Tommy himself was very quiet about the whole affair, but this is the way a Review reporter heard the mishap that took place.
The Bradford County Fair opened its annual exhibition on the grounds in East Towanda, with hundreds turning out for the gala occasion.
N.C. Mullen's car was badly damaged when it struck a deer along the Forksville-Dushore road. Mr. Mullen had no chance to avoid striking the animal, which leaped from a high bank directly in the car's path.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1888, Mary Ann Nichols, apparently the first victim of "Jack the Ripper," was found slain in London's East End.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents.
In 1941, the radio program "The Great Gildersleeve," a spinoff from "Fibber McGee and Molly" starring Harold Peary, debuted on NBC.
In 1963, French artist Georges Braque, 81, died in Paris.
In 1973, movie director John Ford, 79, died in Palm Desert, Calif.
In 1980, Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk (guh-DANSK') that ended a 17-day-old strike.
In 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, Calif. The Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both to sink; up to 448 people reportedly died.
In 1988, 14 people were killed when a Delta Boeing 727 crashed during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
Today's Birthdays: Japanese monster movie actor Katsumi Tezuka is 101. Actor Jack Thompson is 73. Actor Richard Gere is 64. Rhythm-and-blues musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 50. Actor Chris Tucker is 41. Actress Sara Ramirez is 38.