Glancing Backward, Aug. 8, 2013
Today is Thursday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2013. There are 145 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 8, 1963, Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
The new officers of the Phi Delta Kappa - Mansfield Chapter - of the National Honorary Education Fraternity held its executive session at the Canton Area Junior-Senior High School.
Two Towanda teens, Bill DeWitt and Tim Lynde, represented Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and the 40 et 8 Voiture No. 549 at the Legion sponsored Keystone Boy's State Program at Millersville University.
The first event of a busy summer season for the Bradford-Sullivan counties' Junior Miss finalists was to visit Kaylea's Easy-Tone Salon in Dushore.
50 years ago - 1963
At a meeting of the Canton Chapter of Women of the Moose, Mrs. Harold Rolison of Troy gave a talk on her hometown of Bluefield, Nicaragua, and also of the city of Managua, capital of the country.
The Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Co. was in the process of drawing up plans and checking with different fire truck builders and companies on a new fire truck.
Much work was done in the re-locating and razing of homes and other buildings in Browntown to clear the path for the new highway.
75 years ago - 1938
The graves of 600 war veterans had been located to date by the Bradford County Graves Registration Commission.
"Rural Members Night" for American Legion Towanda Post No. 42 was scheduled when the August meeting was held at the Legion hall.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.
In 1911, President William Howard Taft signed a measure raising the number of U.S. representatives from 391 to 433, effective with the next Congress, with a proviso to add two more when New Mexico and Arizona became states.
In 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who'd cooperated with authorities were spared.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the U.S. instrument of ratification for the United Nations Charter. The Soviet Union declared war against Japan during World War II.
In 1953, the United States and South Korea initialed a mutual security pact.
In 1968, the Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominated Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign - which he ended up doing.
In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective the next day, following damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal.
In 1978, the U.S. launched Pioneer Venus 2, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.
In 1993, in Somalia, four U.S. soldiers were killed when a land mine was detonated underneath their vehicle, prompting President Bill Clinton to order Army Rangers to try to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
In 2007, space shuttle Endeavour roared into orbit with teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan on board.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Mel Tillis is 81. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 76. Robin Quivers is 61. Rock musician Ralph Rieckermann is 51. Country singer Mark Wills is 40. Actress Meagan Good is 32. Actor Ken Baumann is 24.