Glancing Backward, July 19, 2013
Today is Friday, July 19, the 200th day of 2013. There are 165 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 19, 1943, Allied air forces raided Rome during World War II, the same day Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in Feltre in northern Italy.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
At the Sayre Borough Council Meeting, the council accepted, by a 4-3 vote, to accept a motion rescinding their action from the previous week in hiring a police officer.
The Bradford County U.S. Department of Agriculture's Emergency Defense Board met to complete a required "natural disaster damage assessment report" on the effect of the ongoing drought on the county's crops and pasture land.
"Crocodile Dundee II" was playing at the Keystone Theater
50 years ago - 1963
Wysox area men and women were preparing for the annual J-J Day celebration to be held at the Wysox recreation park.
Another burglary, the third of that week, was reported after Athens police investigated the break-in of the concession stand at Round Top.
The Business and Professional Women's Club of Troy held its annual mother and daughter picnic at the Courtney Murray cottage at Lake Ondawa.
75 years ago - 1938
The First National Bank of Towanda turned 75-years-ago today.
The meeting of the Azilum 4-H Club was held at the home of Eugene and Thomas Emery and three new members were taken into the club.
Doty Hill and Canton schools announced the hiring of new teachers for the upcoming school year.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1553, King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed.
In 1812, during the War of 1812, the First Battle of Sackets Harbor in Lake Ontario resulted in an American victory as U.S. naval forces repelled a British attack.
In 1848, a ground-breaking women's rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
In 1870, the Franco-Prussian war began.
In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented "By Love Possessed" to first-class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.
In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.
In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
In 1989, 111 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush joined former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda, Calif.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military under a compromise dubbed "don't ask, don't tell." Clinton fired FBI Director William Sessions, citing "serious questions" about Sessions' conduct and leadership.
Ten years ago: A chartered aircraft carrying three families to a game reserve plowed into Mount Kenya, killing all 12 American tourists and the two South African pilots on board.
Five years ago: Democrat Barack Obama visited U.S. troops and met with officials in Afghanistan as part of a congressional fact-finding tour. The Indiana Fever defeated the New York Liberty 71-55 in the WNBA's first outdoor game, played at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Helen Gallagher is 87. Singer Vikki Carr is 73. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 62. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 50. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 42. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 39. Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 23.