Glancing Backward, August 25, 2013
Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2013. There are 128 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 25, 1943, U.S.-led Allied troops liberated New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from Japanese forces during World War II.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Participants in a summer day care program administered by Bradford County Day Care shared in the fun of the Towanda Public Library's Rainbow Reading Club.
The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce made the Valley Directory, which was published by Johnson Directories, available.
A series of five classes for prospective parents was sponsored by Memorial Hospital.
75 years ago - 1938
One of the largest first day crowds in the history of the Troy Fair marked the opening of the 198 exhibition.
The descendents of Ephraim Fairchild, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, whose marker was unveiled in the Stevensville cemetery met at the home of Eugene Keeler for their first annual reunion.
The annual outing of the Sullivan County Sportsmen's Associations met at Foley's Corners.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1537, King Henry VIII granted a royal charter incorporating the Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest regiment in the British Army.
In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans.
In 1916, the National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.
In 1921, the United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.
In 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows.
In 1960, opening ceremonies were held for the Summer Olympics in Rome.
In 1981, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover, sending back pictures of and data about the ringed planet.
In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, died with her father in an airliner crash in Auburn, Maine.
In 2009, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died at age 77 in Hyannis Port, Mass.
Ten years ago: A pair of car bombs killed 53 people in Mumbai, India. Rwandans re-elected Paul Kagame in their country's first presidential election with opposing parties. Tennis champion Pete Sampras announced his retirement during a news conference at the U.S. Open in New York. NASA launched the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, also known as the Spitzer Space Telescope, into orbit.
Five years ago: Democrats opened their national convention in Denver, where they prepared to nominate Barack Obama for president; in the first major address of the gathering, Michelle Obama declared, "I love this country" as she described herself as a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, no different from many women. Israel freed nearly 200 jailed Palestinians in a goodwill gesture hours before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began her peace mission to the region.
One year ago: Neil Armstrong, 82, who commanded the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing and was the first man to set foot on the moon in July 1969, died in Cincinnati. A huge explosion rocked Venezuela's biggest oil refinery and unleashed a ferocious fire, killing at least 26 people. Alpha and long-shot Golden Ticket finished in a historic dead heat in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Today's Birthdays: Game show host Monty Hall is 92. Actor Sean Connery is 83. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is 71. Rock musician Geoff Downes (Asia) is 61. Rock musician Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) is 51. Country singer Brice Long is 42. Actor Eric Millegan is 39. Actress Blake Lively is 26. Actor Josh Flitter is 19.