Glancing Backward, July 22, 2013
Today is Monday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2013. There are 162 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 22, 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily, during World War II.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brennan of Towanda were pleased with the news of their grandson's script being turned into a $10 million movie, directed by an Academy-Award winning director.
William Rowe and Todd Parsons, both of Towanda, found the remains of two balloons while hiking on Hatch Mountain in Satterly Hollow.
Sisters Genell Haverly and Gyla Bailey graduated from Empire Beauty School in Williamsport, both were Towanda graduates.
50 years ago - 1963
Towanda's traffic signal was on the blink which led to traffic at the coroner of Wait and Walk was controlled by blinking lights.
The C and S Club of the Methodist church in East Smithfield held an ice cream festival on the green.
The Playhouse in Eagles Mere presented an adaptation of Edith Wharton's best selling novel, "Ethan Frome."
75 years ago - 1938
The Canton Rotary club met at the Packard Hotel.
Over 20 people from the Baptist church in Leroy attended the Bliss Centennial at Rome.
The Towanda Country Club scheduled an inter-club tournament to be played in Mansfield.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie "Manhattan Melodrama."
In 1942, the Nazis began transporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp. Gasoline rationing involving the use of coupons began along the Atlantic seaboard.
In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.
In 1963, Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round of their rematch in Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight title.
In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
In 1983, Samantha Smith and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.
In 2011, Anders Breivik (AHN'-durs BRAY'-vihk) massacred 69 people at a Norwegian island youth retreat after detonating a bomb in nearby Oslo that killed eight others in the nation's worst violence since World War II.
Ten years ago: Saddam Hussein's sons Odai (oh-DAY') and Qusai (ku-SAY') were killed when U.S. forces stormed a villa in Mosul (MOH'-sul), Iraq. Months after her prisoner-of-war ordeal, U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch returned home to a hero's welcome in Elizabeth, W.Va.
Five years ago: Tropical Storm Dolly spun into a hurricane as it headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border. European Union foreign ministers agreed to toughen sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to pressure him to share power with the opposition. Actress Estelle Getty died in Los Angeles at age 84.
One year ago: President Barack Obama made a quick trip to Colorado to meet with families of those gunned down in an Aurora movie theater and to hear from state and local officials about the shooting that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured. The International AIDS Conference opened in Washington, D.C., with the goal of "turning the tide" on HIV. Fifteen people were killed in South Texas when a pickup truck ran off the road and hit trees about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio. Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Ernie Els won his fourth major championship in an astonishing finish, rallying to beat Adam Scott in the British Open when the Australian bogeyed the last four holes.
Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Licia Albanese is 100. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 90. Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 85. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 81. Actress Louise Fletcher is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chuck Jackson is 76. Actor Terence Stamp is 75. Game show host Alex Trebek is 73. Singer George Clinton is 72. Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 70. Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is 70.
Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 67. Actor Danny Glover is 67. Singer Mireille Mathieu is 67. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 66. Rock singer Don Henley is 66. Movie composer Alan Menken is 64. Singer-actress Lonette McKee is 60. Jazz musician Al Di Meola is 59. Actor Willem Dafoe is 58. Rhythm-and-blues singer Keith Sweat is 52. Actress Joanna Going is 50. Actor Rob Estes is 50. Folk singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) is 50. Actor John Leguizamo is 49. Actor-comedian David Spade is 49. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 48. Rock musician Pat Badger is 46. Actress Irene Bedard is 46. Actor Rhys Ifans (rees EYE'-fanz) is 46. Actor Colin Ferguson is 41. Rock musician Daniel Jones is 40. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 40. Actress Franka Potente (poh-TEN'-tay) is 39. Actress A.J. Cook is 35. Actor Keegan Allen ("Pretty Little Liars") is 26. Actress Selena Gomez is 21.
Thought for Today: "The love we give away is the only love we keep." - Elbert Hubbard, American author (1856-1915).