Glancing Backward, July 24, 2013
Today is Wednesday, July 24, the 205th day of 2013. There are 160 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 24, 1959, during a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his famous "Kitchen Debate" with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
In addition to the artisan show in Laporte, antique enthusiasts could wind their way down Route 42 in Sullivan County for the annual Outdoor Antique Show held in Eagles Mere.
The Tioga Point Museum held its Stephen Foster Festival on the lawn of the Spalding Museum/Library building at South Main Street in Athens.
The Troy Fair Home Arts Show promised to be the biggest and most exciting ever in its five year history.
50 years ago - 1963
A Canton man who was guidance director of the Blossburg and Liberty high schools was named assistant dean of men at Mansfield State College.
Western Bradford Grange picnic was held at the LeRoy grange hall and school grounds.
Laurel Hill Grange held an important meeting and members were asked to brig suggestions for the fair booth.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1783, Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar (see-MOHN' boh-LEE'-vahr) was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
In 1862, Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and the first to have been born a U.S. citizen, died at age 79 in Kinderhook, N.Y., the town where he was born in 1782.
In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.
In 1911, Yale University history professor Hiram Bingham III found the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu, in Peru.
In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland.
In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case."
In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts - two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon - splashed down safely in the Pacific.
In 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
In 2002, nine coal miners became trapped in a flooded tunnel of the Quecreek Mine in western Pennsylvania; the story ended happily 77 hours later with the rescue of all nine.
Today's Birthdays: Actor John Aniston ("Days of Our Lives") is 80. Actor Chris Sarandon is 71. Movie director Gus Van Sant is 61. Actor Paul Ben-Victor is 51. Basketball player-turned-actor Rick Fox is 44. Country singer Jerrod Niemann is 34. Rock singer Jay McGuiness (The Wanted) is 23. TV personality Bindi Irwin is 15.