Glancing Backward July 20, 2013
Today is Saturday, July 20, the 201st day of 2013. There are 164 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 20, 2012, a gunman wearing a helmet, body armor and a gas mask opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (Suspect James Eagen Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Refurbishing of the Wyalusing Library was near completion with the last of the work underway.
Dianne M. Carlin of Milan and Scott Ferguson of Sayre were named to the dean's list at Lehigh University for the spring semester
The Towanda Garden Club met at the Senior Citizens Building in North Towanda with Pauline Holcombe giving a presentation on wild flowers.
50 years ago - 1963
The Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Firemen and their Auxiliary met to complete plans for the Firemen's Celebration.
Daily Vacation Bible School was held at Young Memorial Chapel in South Towanda.
Miss Beverly Stafford, music instructor at Towanda High School, was among a select group of more than 100 professional musicians and educators attending the Fred Waring Music Workshop at Delaware Water Gap, Pa.
75 years ago - 1938
The Litchfield 4-H girls' club met and a lesson was given on sewing on buttons.
The Young Peoples' Round Table of the Universalist church held a special meeting and discussed plans for a picnic to be held at Sluyter's Grove.
The flagstone walk in front of the J. J. Newberry store at the northwest corner of Main and Pine streets was torn up and being replaced.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States convened in Richmond, Va.
In 1871, British Columbia entered confederation as a Canadian province.
In 1923, Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa was assassinated.
In 1951, Jordan's King Abdullah I was assassinated in Jerusalem by a Palestinian gunman who was shot dead on the spot by security.
In 1968, the first International Special Olympics Summer Games, organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, were held at Soldier Field in Chicago.
In 1976, America's Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.
In 1993, White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster Jr., 48, was found shot to death in a park near Washington, D.C.; his death was ruled a suicide.
Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Sally Ann Howes is 83. Rock musician John Lodge (The Moody Blues) is 70. Rock musician Carlos Santana is 66. Actor Frank Whaley is 50. Actor Omar Epps is 40. Actor Percy Daggs III is 31. Country singer-ballroom dancer Julianne Hough is 25. Actress Billi Bruno is 17.