Glancing Backward, July 16, 2013
Today is Tuesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2013. There are 168 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 16, 1973, during the Senate Watergate hearings, former White House aide Alexander P. Butterfield publicly revealed the existence of President Richard Nixon's secret taping system.
Glancing Backward Locally
25 years ago - 1988
At the request of Attorney Michael DeSisti, the preliminary hearing for Pauline Hutchinson of Towanda was to be continued at a later date. Hutchinson was charged with arson, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief, resulting from a fire which caused $45,000 damage to her East Troy home.
The Sayre Borough Council discussed garbage tipping fees to raise the city's revenue at a special workshop meeting.
Athens Sidewalk Sales continued in downtown Athens, providing entertainment and vendors offering homemade crafts.
50 years ago - 1963
Ray Schrader of Nichols and Jane Mott of Canton were presented engraved plaques from the Sulbra Youth Council of Farmer Cooperatives for placing first and second in the 1963 Farmer Cooperative Youth Program.
The Doosie Daises met in the East Troy Baptist Church.
"Fun on the Range" graduation was to be held at Towanda. One hundred and thirty boys and girls had attended the "Fun on the Range" classes in Towanda that year.
75 years ago - 1938
A reunion of "Old Classmates" of the Nichols High School was held at Olacka Lodge - a cabin owned by Mrs. Suzzane Barton and located on the Nichols cemetery road.
Morris Brink and son, who had conducted a grocery and feed business in New Albany for many years, sold their store to the Misses Edna and Agnes Davis.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1790, a site along the Potomac River was designated the permanent seat of the United States government; the area became Washington, D.C.
In 1862, Flag Officer David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States Navy.
In 1912, New York gambler Herman Rosenthal, set to testify before a grand jury about police corruption, was gunned down by members of the Lennox Avenue Gang.
In 1935, the first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City.
In 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, N.M.
In 1951, the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger was first published by Little, Brown and Co.
In 1964, as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco, Barry M. Goldwater said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" and that "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.
In 1979, Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.
In 1980, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Detroit.
In 1981, singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer on New York's Long Island Expressway.
In 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
Today's Birthdays: Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 81. International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court is 71. Rock composer-musician Stewart Copeland is 61. Actress Phoebe Cates is 50. Rock musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 42. Actress Jayma Mays is 34. Actor-singer James Maslow is 23. Actor Mark Indelicato is 19.