Glancing Backward, July 6, 2013
Today is Saturday, July 6, the 187th day of 2013. There are 178 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 6, 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played at Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeated the National League, 4-2.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Sayre Police Chief Robert Reed is urging residents to prominently display their house numbers, to assist responders in the event of an emergency.
"Putting numbers on houses can be a lifesaver," Reed said. "It's important because it helps emergency services find the location of a residence. I'd like to see numbers on buildings all through the borough. I'd like to see them not only on private residences, but also businesses. One never knows when emergency trouble will befall us.
Area water supplies were reported to be adequate throughout the region, despite several weeks of dry weather. However, residents are being asked by various municipalities to curtail usage for non-essential purposes, such as car-washing and lawn-watering.
Brooks Eldredge-Martin, coordinator for the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, appeared before the Towanda Borough Council, requesting acceptance of a resolution as part of the procedure in procuring a Department of Community Affairs Grant for the renovation of the Keystone Theater.
50 years ago - 1963
Harry Betts has become the first Towandian to reach the 25-year mark at Towanda Sylvania Electric Products Inc. plant. He was offered a job in the fluorescent powder plant in 1938 by Carl V.S. Patterson.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bodine have departed for Venezuela for missionary work. Mrs. Bodine is a 1959 graduate of Wyalusing High School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Fisk of Wyalusing RD 3.
75 years ago - 1938
A glider from the Elmira meet landed at 12:40 p.m. on Earl Lines farm in LeRaysville Borough.
The Cotton Blossom Singers from the Piney Woods School, Miss., will give an entertainment of Negro Jubilee songs at the Methodist Church in Towanda tonight
Towanda Ball Busters defeated the Powell Athletic Club at Powell 8-2. The batters for the Ball Busters were L. Smith and R. Simpson. For Powell, Sutton and Roe.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.
In 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten by an infected dog; the boy did not develop rabies.
In 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.
In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
In 1983, Fred Lynn of the California Angels hit the first (and, to date, only) grand slam in an All-Star game as the American League zoomed to a 13-3 victory over the National League in Chicago's Comiskey Park.
In 1988, 167 North Sea oil workers were killed when explosions and fires destroyed a drilling platform. Medical waste and other debris began washing up on New York City-area seashores, forcing the closing of several popular beaches.
Today's Birthdays: Former first lady Nancy Reagan is 92. Singer-actress Della Reese is 82. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is 78. Former President George W. Bush is 67. Actor-director Sylvester Stallone is 67. Former first daughter Susan Ford Bales is 56. Hockey player and coach Ron Duguay (doo-GAY') is 56. Actress-writer Jennifer Saunders is 55. TV host Josh Elliott ("Good Morning America") is 42. Actress Tia Mowry is 35. Actress Tamera Mowry is 35. Actress Eva (EH'-vuh) Green is 33. Actor Gregory Smith is 30. Rock singer Kate Nash is 26.
Thought for Today: "Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing." - Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter (born this date in 1907, died 1954).