Glancing Backward, Aug. 4, 2013
Today is Sunday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2013. There are 149 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 4, 1944, 15-year-old diarist Anne Frank was arrested with her sister, parents and four others by the Gestapo after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam. (Anne died the following year at Bergen-Belsen.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Howard Bird and Leona Bolster were entertained by a concert given by Guy Munn, a Bradford County "Ole Time Fiddler" at the Hospitality House, a senior citizen center on Desmond Street in Sayre.
Carol Thoman and John Krieg were hired as part-time dispatchers by the Bradford County Commissioners recently at their weekly meeting, on the recommendation of Emergency Management Agency coordinator John Mosser.
Towanda firemen were called to the Hub Store on Main Street Tuesday night. However, no fire was reported.
75 years ago - 1938
The Garden Club of Towanda celebrated its first anniversary with a luncheon at Lake Wesauking Lodge. The meeting was in honor of Mrs. Joel Swift of Nyack, N.Y., who organized the club one year ago. Mr. Swift formerly lived in Towanda.
President Henry E. Dunn of the Towanda Travel Club has placed application blanks at the Apgar and Danneman service stations where they may be obtained by all who wish to become members. The whole aim of the club is to cooperate with other clubs to promote travel within Pennsylvania.
Six hundred persons, including Lehigh Valley Railroad employees and their families, will leave Sayre tomorrow morning aboard a special train for Buffalo, enroute to Crystal Beach, Canada.
The occasion is the annual outing of the athletic, social and welfare associations and the ladies auxiliaries of the Buffalo division.
Elsewere on this date:
Ten years ago: California Gov. Gray Davis asked the state Supreme Court to delay his October 7 recall election until the following March (the recall went ahead as originally scheduled). West African forces arrived in Liberia to oversee the departure of President Charles Taylor. Chung Mong-hun, a top executive of South Korea's Hyundai conglomerate embroiled in a scandal over a historic 2000 summit between the two Koreas, committed suicide.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation allowing the State Department to settle all remaining lawsuits against Libya by American victims of terrorism. In a brazen attack just days ahead of the Beijing Olympics, two men from a mainly Muslim ethnic group rammed a truck and hurled explosives at jogging policemen in western China, killing 16.
One year ago: Michael Phelps ended his career with another gold as the United States won the medley relay at the London Olympics; Phelps left the sport with a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall. The United States set a world record to win the women's medley relay. Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to join Steffi Graf as the only women to complete the Golden Slam - winning the Olympics and the four majors. Three British athletes won gold medals in Olympic Stadium: Jessica Ennis in heptathlon; Greg Rutherford in men's long jump; and Mo Farah in the men's 10,000 meters.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Frankie Ford is 74. Actress-singer Tina Cole is 70. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 69. Football Hall-of-Famer John Riggins is 64. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is 58. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 58. Actress Kym Karath ("The Sound of Music") is 55.
Hall of Fame track star Mary Decker Slaney is 55. Actress Lauren Tom is 54. President Barack Obama is 52. TV producer Michael Gelman ("Live! With Kelly and Michael") is 52. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens is 51. Actress Crystal Chappell is 48. Author Dennis Lehane is 48. Rock musician Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) is 45. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 45. Actor Michael DeLuise is 44. Actor Ron Lester is 43. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 42. Rapper-actress Yo-Yo is 42. Country singer Jon Nicholson is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer-actor Marques (MAR'-kus) Houston is 32. Actress Meghan Markle is 32. Actress Greta Gerwig is 30. Country singer Crystal Bowersox (TV: "American Idol") is 28. Rock singer Tom Parker (The Wanted) is 25. Actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse are 21. Singer Jessica Sanchez (TV: "American Idol") is 18.
Thought for Today: "When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out." - Elizabeth Bowen, Irish author (1899-1973).