Glancing Backward, July 3, 2013
Today is Wednesday, July 3, the 184th day of 2013. There are 181 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett's Charge.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Blind athlete Bill Bardo won the national championship at the Olympic trials recently in shot put, discus and javelin, as well as taking second place in the 200 meter run for athletes 30 years of age and older.
Old-car enthusiasts lined the streets of Towanda Saturday afternoon to get a glimpse and perhaps a picture of over 100 antique automobiles which passed through Towanda on the next-to-last leg of a 4,500 mile journey. The event is the Great American Automobile Race, which began 12 days ago at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and will conclude today in Boston.
The annual meeting and election of the officers of the Elder Guild Inc. from Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Sullivan, and Tioga counties was held recently at the Presbyterian Church in Wysox. Named for three-year terms were Fred Birchard from Bradford County, Mary Ellen Conboy and Neal Wescott from Susquehanna County, James Hodges from Sullivan County, and Margaret Bently from Tioga County.
50 years ago - 1963
Thomas M. Collins of 204 Prospect St., was sworn in Monday evening as Troy Township police chief at the regular meeting of the Troy Board of Supervisors. He replaces the late Gerald Dickerson.
George H. Boyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Boyle of 506 Fourth St., Towanda, graduated from the Goldey Beacom School of Business at Wilmington, Del. On Friday.
Fun on The Range graduation will be held at Turnpike High School, Mildred, on Friday, July 5 at 2 p.m. Thirty boys and girls have attended the Fun on the Range classes this year.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.
In 1898, the U.S. Navy defeated a Spanish fleet outside Santiago Bay in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
In 1913, during a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pa., Civil War veterans re-enacted Pickett's Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by dedicating the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.
In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk.
In 1950, the first carrier strikes of the Korean War took place as the USS Valley Forge and the HMS Triumph sent fighter planes against North Korean targets.
In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Tim O'Connor is 86. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 70. Actress Jan Smithers is 64. Actress Hunter Tylo is 51. Actor Patrick Wilson is 40. Country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton is 33. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer is 22. Actress Kelsey Batelaan is 18.