Glancing Backward, July 29, 2013
Today is Monday, July 29, the 210th day of 2013. There are 155 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 29, 1981, Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. (However, the couple divorced in 1996.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
During a campaign stop in Towanda, Robert C. Cordaro, Democratic candidate for the 10th district's U.S. House of Representatives seat, said he was not intimidated by his powerful and popular opponent, GOP incumbent Cong. Joseph McDade.
The Nelle Black Westgate Auditorium in Canton was the site of the encore farewell presentation of the musical, "The Light Brigade," performed by the group, Stained Glass, and created by Nan Gurley and Marty McCall and arranged by Steven V. Taylor.
New officers were installed for the Rainbow Girls organization.
50 years ago - 1963
The Ralph Bartlett Accordion Band was schedule to present a concert at the county infirmary in Burlington.
Construction started on a new filtering plant for Troy Borough.
Arthur R. Park, former supervisor of art in the Troy schools, attended an advanced course in ceramics at San Jose State College, San Jose, Calif.
75 years ago - 1938
The guest meeting of the Canton Rotary club held at the Packard Hotel was a most successful affair and enjoyed by 25 members and 35 guests, the greater part of whom were business men.
The Columbia Cross Roads baseball team, one of the best ever turned out in that baseball-loving community continued to set a fast race in the two leagues in which it operated.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1030, the patron saint of Norway, King Olaf II, was killed in battle.
In 1588, the English attacked the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines, resulting in an English victory.
In 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
In 1900, Italian King Humbert I was assassinated by an anarchist; he was succeeded by his son, Victor Emmanuel III.
In 1921, Adolf Hitler became the leader ("fuehrer") of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
In 1948, Britain's King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London.
In 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency was established. Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show."
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA.
In 1967, an accidental rocket launch aboard the supercarrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin resulted in a fire and explosions that killed 134 servicemen.
In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland.
In 1980, a state funeral was held in Cairo, Egypt, for the deposed Shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier at age 60.
In 1993, the Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" and threw out his death sentence; Demjanjuk was set free.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian "Professor" Irwin Corey is 99. Actor Robert Horton is 89. Actor David Warner is 72. Rock singer-musician Geddy Lee (Rush) is 60. Actress Alexandra Paul is 50. Country singer Martina McBride is 47. Actor Josh Radnor is 39. Actor Matt Prokop is 23.