Glancing Backward, Jan. 18, 2014
Today is Saturday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2014. There are 347 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 18, 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
The addition of small lots in key areas, and the possibility of building a three to four story parking garage near the courthouse were some of the recommendations brought back by an urban design consultant following a study of the parking situation in Towanda.
A new logo was recently selected by the Towanda Business Association and will soon be displayed around town.
Lincoln Neiley, a past noble grand of Bradford Lodge No. 167 I.O.O.F. was recently presented with a 50 veterans jewel in recognition of his many years of membershyip and service to the lodge.
50 years ago - 1964
First Annual Mardi Gras Ball was held at the John F. Kennedy Parish Center at the St. Agnes High School, sponsored by the St. Agnes Parent Teachers' Guild and featured the 12 piece band of Lee Vincent.
Cancer Society to conduct a Survey of Smoking among high school students.
Bradford County Extension Service has announced its second Weight-Control Clinic.
75 years ago - 1939
At the regular monthly meeting of the Visiting Nurse Association held recently it was reported that $193.73 has been turned over to the treasurer as the proceeds of the Charity Ball last Christmas.
Fairbanks-Morse and Company of Chicago have just closed a contract with Vandervort Mills to remove their single cylinder 40 horsepower kerosene engine from their Wysox Miller and install in its place of their new three cylinder 90 horsepower diesel fuel oil engines.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1988, a China Southwest Airlines Ilyushin 18 crashed while on approach to Chongqing Airport, killing all 108 people on board.
In 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
In 1994, Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh released his final report in which he said former President Ronald Reagan had acquiesced in a cover-up of the scandal, an accusation Reagan called "baseless."
Ten years ago: A suicide truck bombing outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad killed at least 31 people. A 15-day hostage drama began at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis near Buckeye, where two inmates attempting to escape took two correctional officers hostage. (One guard was released midway through the ordeal; the other, a woman, was held the entire time, during which she was raped and beaten.) The New England Patriots earned their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC championship game; the Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3, in the NFC championship game.
Five years ago: Israeli troops begin to withdraw from Gaza after their government and Hamas militants declared an end to a three-week war. A star-studded pre-inaugural concert took place on the National Mall, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Beyonce, with President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, in attendance. The Arizona Cardinals of the NFC advanced to their first Super Bowl with a 32-25 win over the Philadelphia Eagles; the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-14 to win the AFC Championship and reach their seventh Super Bowl.
One year ago: Former Democratic New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted on charges that he'd used his office for personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. (Nagin, who later pleaded not guilty, faces trial in late Jan. 2014.)
Today's Birthdays: Movie director John Boorman is 81. Former Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Mass., is 76. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 73. Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 61. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 59. Country singer Mark Collie is 58. Actress Jane Horrocks is 50. Comedian Dave Attell is 49. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 45. Rapper DJ Quik is 44. Rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) is 43. Singer Christian Burns (BBMak) is 41. Former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is 41. Actor Derek Richardson is 38. Actor Jason Segel is 34. Actress Samantha Mumba is 31. Country singer Kristy Lee Cook (TV: "American Idol") is 30.
Thought for Today: "The compensation of growing old was simply this: that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained - at last! - the power which adds the supreme flavor to existence, the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light." - Virginia Woolf, English author (1882-1941).