Glancing Backward, July 25, 2013
Today is Thursday, July 25, the 206th day of 2013. There are 159 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 25, 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in Moscow prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in space or underwater. The treaty was formally signed on August 5, 1963.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
An American Red Cross CPR course was completed at the Sage House in Towanda by instructor Connie B. Parks.
"The Sounds of Glory," a gospel singing group from the Alba area were one of the acts which entertained at the Troy Fair preview.
Julie Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Johnson of Athens, was accepted at Keystone Junior College, LaPlume, Pa.
50 years ago - 1963
A substantial rate reduction for residential gas heating customers in the Valley Cities Gas Company area was announced.
As was suspected by most people from the start, the "kidnap" case from Canton turned out to be just a prank.
William L. Callison, an Athens graduate, was appointed director of admissions at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
75 years ago - 1938
The Sam Lawrence Shows, billed as the biggest carnival to visit Towanda in some years, opened on the East Side baseball grounds.
The Bradford County Council of Republican Women held a picnic meeting in Elmer Park in Sayre.
A "Day Test" camp was held on the Towanda Fair Grounds for the Boy Scouts of Towanda.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank.
In 1898, the United States invaded Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War.
In 1909, French aviator Louis Bleriot (bleh-ree-OH') became the first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel, traveling from Calais (kah-LAY') to Dover in 37 minutes.
In 1943, Benito Mussolini was dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III and placed under arrest. However, Mussolini was later rescued by the Nazis and re-asserted his authority.
In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.
In 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm off the New England coast late at night and began sinking; at least 51 people were killed.
In 1960, a Woolworth's store in Greensboro, N.C., that had been the scene of a sit-in protest against its whites-only lunch counter dropped its segregation policy.
In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first "test tube baby," was born in Oldham, England; she'd been conceived through the technique of in-vitro fertilization.
In 1984, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (sah-VEETS'-kah-yah) became the first woman to walk in space as she carried out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
In 1992, opening ceremonies were held in Barcelona, Spain, for the Summer Olympics.
In 2000, a New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after takeoff, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground; it was the first-ever crash of the supersonic jet.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Harris is 78. Rock musician Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) is 62. Actress Katherine Kelly Lang is 52. Actress Miriam Shor is 42. Actor Jay R. Ferguson ("Mad Men") is 39. Actor James Lafferty is 28. Classical singer Faryl Smith is 18.