Glancing Backward, Aug. 6, 2013
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2013. There are 147 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
After nearly a year since arson damaged much of the Sayre Borough Hall, the renovation and repairs were completed.
At least 14 wild horses were adopted out to good homes at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Wild Horse Auction held at the Troy Fairgrounds.
Mrs. Bernice Lewis spoke about Kenya at meeting of the North Towanda United Methodist Women held at the home of Mrs. Anna Mae Roberts.
50 years ago - 1963
The Sayre Borough Council received for its consideration a proposal that the borough be divided into three wards instead of the existing five-ward plan.
Old Home Day in New Albany was observed at the Methodist church with about 140 people present, including visitors from New York state, New Jersey, Florida and California.
The annual Troy Free Fair opened with a 4-H horse and pony show.
75 years ago - 1938
The male quartet of Nichols Grange No. 1410 won the male quartet contest at Ithaca N.Y.
Eighty-five men's suits, having a value of $1,800, were stolen from the Howard & Dunklee clothing store in Wyalusing.
The new highway and viaduct over the Lehigh Valley railroad at Morley's Crossing, near Greene's Landing, were opened for traffic.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1813, during the Venezuelan War of Independence, forces led by Simon Bolivar recaptured Caracas.
In 1825, Upper Peru became the autonomous republic of Bolivia.
In 1862, the Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas was scuttled by its crew on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, La., to prevent capture by the Union.
In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 14½ hours.
In 1930, New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Force Crater went missing after leaving a Manhattan restaurant; his disappearance remains a mystery.
In 1942, Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands became the first reigning queen to address a joint session of Congress, telling lawmakers that despite Nazi occupation, her people's motto remained, "No surrender."
In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man to orbit Earth as he flew aboard Vostok 2.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
In 1973, former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, 72, died in exile in Spain. Entertainer Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car accident in North Carolina.
In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80.
Ten years ago: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger used an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to announce his successful bid to replace California Gov. Gray Davis. The same day, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (boost-ah-MAHN'-tay) said he was entering the recall race as well. Israel freed 334 Palestinian prisoners in a bid to jump-start peace efforts, but the gesture fell flat among Palestinians. Record-breaking heat, already blamed for three dozen deaths, continued to torment Europe.
Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Charlie Haden is 76. Country musician Mark DuFresne (Confederate Railroad) is 60. Actor Leland Orser is 53. Singer Geri Halliwell is 41. Rock singer Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) is 32. Rock musician Eric Roberts (Gym Class Heroes) is 29.