Glancing Backward, Dec. 1, 2013
Today is Sunday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2013. There are 30 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Robert Packer Hospital's family-centered birthing center announced classes being offered for expectant and new parents.
The Garden Club of Towanda met at the American Legion Home for a banquet and Christmas party.
The Penn York Country Music Club held its meeting at the Wyalusing American Legion with very good attendance.
75 years ago - 1938
A representative group of Towandians heard one of J. Edgar Hoover's "G-Men" give an excellent talk on the activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Senior Ball, which was a semi-formal, was held in the Towanda High School gymnasium with Hal Ritter and his orchestra residing.
Making his first visit to the Sayre School District, Dr. Lester K. Ade, superintendent of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction, spoke to the Sayre faculty and board
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1824, the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.)
In 1860, the Charles Dickens novel "Great Expectations" was first published in weekly serial form.
In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station, built by Gulf Refining Company, opened in Pittsburgh.
In 1941, Japan's Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin concluded their Tehran conference.
In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway.
In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.
In 1989, in an extraordinary encounter, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
In 1992, in Mineola, N.Y., Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco. (Fisher served seven years.)
In 2000, Vicente (vih-SEN'-tay) Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination.
Ten years ago: India and Pakistan agreed to restore airline overflight and landing rights by Jan. 1st, 2004. Boeing Company chairman and chief executive Phil Condit resigned unexpectedly. U.S. Representative Bill Janklow went on trial in Flandreau, S.D., charged with manslaughter in the death of a motorcylist who'd collided with his automobile. (Janklow was convicted and served 100 days in jail.)
Today's Birthdays: Former CIA director Stansfield Turner is 90. Television producer David Salzman is 70. Rock singer-musician Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) is 69. Actor Jeremy Northam is 52. Contemporary Christian singer Bart Millard (MIL'-urd) is 41. Rock musician Mika Fineo (Filter) is 32. R&B singer Janelle Monae is 28. Actor Jackson Nicoll is 10.