Glancing Backward, Feb. 16, 2014
Today is Sunday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2014. There are 318 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 16, 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates during the First Barbary War.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
The commissioners are continuing to review a request of Bradford County Jail Warden Robert Fauver for approximately $3,000 to cover costs of inmate labor provided for an approximate one year period.
Two outstanding examples of conservation farmers with the Bradford Conservations District have been selected for recognition under the Outstanding Cooperator Award Program. Jacob L. Feusner and James A. VanBlarcom were selected as winners of the 1968 awards.
The top three winners of nearly 250 Cub Scouts participating in the 1989 General Sullivan Council Pinewood Derby were Andrew Eldridge-Martin of Ulster, Jason Kelley, Rome and Andrew Lantz of Athens.
50 years ago - 1964
Miss Kathryn McCoy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Orlo G. McCoy, Center Street, Canton received the coveted Maurice Taylor Award.
A Polar Bear Cub Expedition was held at the Jerry Johnson's farm at Columbia Cross Roads. Cub explorers present were Terry Moody, Scott Snyder, Henry Wood, Robert Cobb, Ricky Johnson and Chris Wells. They were accompanied by Den Father Jerry Johnson, from Den 4 and Pack 8.
Joseph Lombardo, commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, has announced the appointments of John Clark of Towanda and Carl Covey of Towanda as national aides-de-campo, V.F.W.
75 years ago - 1939
Mach-wi-hi-lusing chapter D.A.R. held its February meeting recently at the home of Mrs. H.A. Bartlett, and enjoyed a program consisting of a talk about "American Women Composers."
Rev. V.C. Detty of Wysox, who in 1937 published a very worth while history of the Wysox Presbyterian church, revealed yesterday that the first publication has been entirely exhausted.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Tokyo to begin her first trip abroad as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat. The government of Pakistan agreed to implement Islamic law in the northwestern region of Malakand in an attempt to pacify a spreading Taliban insurgency. In Stamford, Conn., a 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis went berserk, severely mauling its owner's friend, Charla Nash; Travis was shot dead by police. Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, South Korea's first Roman Catholic cardinal and advocate for democracy, died at age 86.
One year ago: Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in rural northern Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven workers from Lebanon, Britain, Greece and Italy; the kidnappers later claimed to have killed the hostages. Billy Hunter was ousted as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association by NBA players. Tony Sheridan, 72, a British singer who'd performed with The Beatles during their early years in Germany, died in Hamburg.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 69. Actor William Katt is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Ingram is 62. Actor LeVar Burton is 57. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 56. Actress Lisa Loring is 56. International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe is 55. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 53. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 49. Actress Sarah Clarke is 43. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foofighters) is 42. Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman is 41. Singer Sam Salter is 39. Electronic dance music artist Bassnectar is 36. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 32. Pop-rock singer Ryan Follese (FAHL'-eh-say) (Hot Chelle (SHEL) Rae) is 27. Rock musician Danielle Haim (HYM) is 25. Actress Elizabeth Olsen is 25. Actor Mike Weinberg is 21.