Glancing Backward, Jan. 25, 2014
Today is Saturday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2014. There are 340 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix (SHAH'-moh-nee), France.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
GTE and Valley Cities Gas Company have made financial contributions in support of the Bradford County Local Emergency Planning (LEPC).
At the annual meeting of Northern Council No. 24, Royal and Select Master Masons held in December in Athens, Robert M. Hockenberry, Towanda, was elected thrice illustrious master.
Ensign John Kropcho III, USN, recently completed his studies for the degree of master of science in applied physics at the John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, with a 3.5 average.
50 years ago - 1964
The State Highway Department recently opened bids on the proposed new Wysox bridge and a half mile of road construction that will be necessary because of changing the location.
The Ridge Runners Hunting Club recently enjoyed a delicious ham supper at the Monroeton Fire Hall.
The Kick-off dinner of the Heart Fund Drive for Bradford County was held at the Towanda Motel with Jay B. Claster, president conducting the business meeting.
75 years ago - 1939
Towanda Lions Club at its regular weekly meeting has as guests both troops of Towanda Boy Scouts and the Scouters connected with the troops.
Towanda Legionnaires played host to the business men of the community with more than 200 turning out for a get-together at the Legion Hall.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1994, maintaining his innocence, singer Michael Jackson settled a child molestation lawsuit against him; terms were confidential, although the monetary figure was reportedly $22 million. The United States launched Clementine, an unmanned spacecraft that was to study the moon before it was "lost and gone forever."
Ten years ago: NASA's Opportunity rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth, showing a surface smooth and dark red in some places, and strewn with fragmented slabs of light bedrock in others. Outgoing U.S. weapons inspector David Kay told National Public Radio his inability to find illicit arms in Iraq raised serious questions about U.S. intelligence-gathering. Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH'-leh) was inaugurated as Georgia's president. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" snared best dramatic film at the Golden Globes; HBO's six-hour adaptation of "Angels in America" won best miniseries or TV movie.
Five years ago: The White House used the Sunday talk shows to warn the country could face a long and painful financial recovery, even with major government intervention. The Eastern Conference won the NHL All-Star game 12-11. Jeremy Abbott won his first title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in Cleveland. "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast of a motion picture; "30 Rock" and "Mad Men" won best for TV comedy and drama casts.
One year ago: The U.S. Department of Education declared that students with disabilities had to be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Gregg Palmer is 87. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 86. Actor Dean Jones is 83. Country singer Claude Gray is 82. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 71. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 69. Actress Jenifer (cq) Lewis is 57. Actress Dinah Manoff is 56. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 45. Actress China Kantner is 43. Actress Ana Ortiz is 43.
Musician Matt Odmark (OHD'-mark) (Jars of Clay) is 40. Actress Mia Kirshner is 39. Actress Christine Lakin is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia (ah-LEE'-shuh) Keys is 33. Actor Michael Trevino (TV: "The Vampire Diaries") is 29.