Glancing Backward, June 10, 2013
Today is Monday, June 10, the 161st day of 2013. There are 204 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963, aimed at eliminating wage disparities based on gender. The same day, Kennedy delivered a commencement address at American University in Washington, D.C., in which he declared, "If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity."
25 years ago - 1988
Michael Caldwell and Angela Bulkley were presented the Roger Madigan Citizens Awards in an awards presentation at Troy Middle School. In addition, eighth graders John Vollmer and Amy Cummings were awarded American Legion Citizenship awards.
Jim and Bonnie Mack Conard and their son, Jade and his girlfriend, along with daughter, Kim and her husband of Larned, Kan., recently dropped in on Bonnie's brother, Terry Mack and his family in N.C. they then came to Towanda and Sayre to visit her mother, Jane Mack of Monroeton and brother John R. Mack and his family in Litchfield.
David F. Fortney of Towanda, a 50-year member of the Northern Council No. 24, Royal and Select Masters of Pennsylvania, was recently presented with the newly designed Masonic 50-year service emblem for the Grand Council of Royal and Selected Masters of Pennsylvania.
50 years ago - 1963
Two Towanda bankers will attend the Pennsylvania Bakers Association Trust Training School at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Sunday through Friday, June 16-21. Bankers attending from this place will be Richard I. Hall of the Citizens Bank and Trust Co. of Towanda and Warren R. Reeser, The First National Banks of Towanda.
The Bradford County Criminal and Civil Court sessions are scheduled to convene here Monday morning, July 8. Sixty-five citizens of the county have been notified by Sheriff Frank Detrick to appear here for duty at that time. Among the 65 are Leon Allis Jr. of Warren Township, laborer; Ruth A. Allis of Wyalusing Township, housekeeper; Charis S. Anderson of Wysox, housekeeper; Percy L. Arnold of Orwell Township, retired; Vivian G. Arnold of Litchfield Township, housekeeper; Elizabeth H. Ayers of Canton Township, housekeeper; Georgianna B. Bailey of Athens Borough, housekeeper; and Robert P. Noone of Sayre, insurance manager.
Mrs. Mildred Yale, 52, of 604 Desmond St., Sayre, wife of Albert Yale, tripped and fell at her home at 6 o'clock Sunday night, sustaining a fracture of her left wrist. She was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment and admitted.
75 years ago - 1938
Demands for modernization and improvement of U.S. Route 6 in Pennsylvania were made yesterday in a resolution passed by the Roosevelt Highway Association at its annual mid-year convention in Christ Church, Episcopal, here. Approximately 100 from Towanda and vicinity were present, the total attendance being about 230, the largest in history of the organization.
Fred "Old Times" McIntyre of Towanda has dug out from among his prized possessions a program of the "First Annual Commencement" of Towanda High School. This program, still in excellent condition, is dated Friday evening, June 15, 1883. The commencement was held in Mercer Hall.
Miss Alice Grow of Laceyville and Webb Sivers of Silvara were united in marriage Wednesday night at the M.E. parsonage by the Rev. Paul L. Hulslander. The couple was attended by the twin sister of the bride, Miss Anice Grow and Raymond Taylor of Laceyville. The twin sisters had been graduated from Laceyville High School with the highest honors of the class just a few hours previous to the wedding ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by Principal H. L. Forscht of the L.H.S. They were accompanied by a score or more which included teachers, school and class mates, the bride's mother and other relatives. The occasion seemed so joyous that some local young people looking on, got so enthusiastic, they thought there should be some peeling of wedding bells, and taking it upon themselves, rang a fire alarm by mistake and the fire apparatus appeared on the scene which added something to the occasion, but as there was no harm done all was taken in good part.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1692, the first official execution resulting from the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts took place as Bridget Bishop was hanged.
In 1861, during the Civil War, Confederate troops routed Union soldiers in the Battle of Big Bethel in Virginia.
In 1907, eleven men in five cars set out from the French embassy in Beijing on a race to Paris. (Prince Scipione Borghese of Italy was the first to arrive in the French capital two months later.)
In 1921, President Warren G. Harding signed into law the Budget and Accounting Act, which created the Bureau of the Budget and the General Accounting Office.
In 1922, singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.
In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith and William Griffith Wilson.
In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.
In 1942, during World War II, German forces massacred 173 male residents of Lidice (LIH'-dyiht-zeh), Czechoslovakia, in retaliation for the killing of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich.
In 1967, the Middle East War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire.
In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon lifted a two-decades-old trade embargo on China.
In 1985, socialite Claus von Bulow was acquitted by a jury in Providence, R.I., at his retrial on charges he'd tried to murder his heiress wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow.
In 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard of South Lake Tahoe, Calif. was abducted by Phillip and Nancy Garrido; Jaycee was held by the couple for 18 years before she was found by authorities.
Ten years ago: Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car carrying Abdel Aziz Rantisi (AHB'-duhl ah-ZEEZ' rahn-TEE'-see), a senior Hamas leader, wounding him and killing two others. (Israel succeeded in killing Rantisi in April 2004.) ImClone chief Sam Waksal was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in connection with a stock-trading scandal. (He was released in 2009.) A rocket holding the first of two Mars rovers, Spirit, blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Spirit arrived on Mars in Jan. 2004.) Former Treasury Secretary and White House chief of staff Donald T. Regan died in Williamsburg, Va., at age 84.
Five years ago: A Sudanese jetliner skidded off a runway and crashed into airport lights after landing in Khartoum, killing 30 of the 214 people on board.
One year ago: Parts of northern Colorado and southern New Mexico battled wildfires that were spreading rapidly through mountainous forest land, forcing hundreds of evacuations. Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship to become the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a major event, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory. The bittersweet "Once" won eight Tony Awards, including best musical; "Clybourne Park" won best play.
Today's Birthdays: Britain's Prince Philip is 92. Columnist Nat Hentoff is 88. Attorney F. Lee Bailey is 80. Actress Alexandra Stewart is 74. Singer Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles) is 72. Actor Jurgen Prochnow is 72. Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts is 62. Media commentator Jeff Greenfield is 70. Country singer-songwriter Thom Schuyler is 61. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., is 60. Actor Andrew Stevens is 58. Singer Barrington Henderson is 57. Former New York Governor-turned-media commentator Eliot Spitzer is 54. Rock musician Kim Deal is 52. Singer Maxi Priest is 52. Actress Gina Gershon is 51. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 50. Rock musician Jimmy Chamberlin is 49. Actress Kate Flannery is 49. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 48. Rock musician Joey Santiago is 48. Actor Doug McKeon is 47. Rock musician Emma Anderson is 46. Country musician Brian Hofeldt (The Derailers) is 46. Rapper The D.O.C. is 45. Rock singer Mike Doughty is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer JoJo is 42. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Faith Evans is 40. Actor Hugh Dancy is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lemisha Grinstead (702) is 35. Actor DJ Qualls is 35. Actor Shane West is 35. Country singer Lee Brice is 34. Singer Hoku is 32. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 31. Olympic gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski is 31. Model-actress Kate Upton is 21. Presidential daughter Sasha Obama is 12.
Thought for Today: "I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool." - Katharine Whitehorn, British newspaper columnist.