Glancing Backward, June 16, 2013
Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2013. There are 198 days left in the year. This is Father's Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 16, 1963, the world's first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova (teh-ruhsh-KOH'-vuh), 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times before returning safely.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Sayre Borough Council recently turned down a request from the Pennsylvania Water Company in Sayre to pay one price for digging various number of holes in the street.
Bradford County Treasurer Nancy Schrader reported yesterday that President Judge Jeffrey A. Smith has signed a rule returnable, clearing the way for the scheduling of what is believed to be the first judicial sale of properties for which delinquent taxes are paid due in this county.
Towanda attorney Stephen Downs has been hired as Bradford County's new full-time assistant district attorney. The action was approved at yesterday's commissioners' meeting.
75 years ago - 1938
A crew of tree sprayers with modern, efficient equipment arrived in this community (Towanda) a few days ago and is now busy operating against the elm beetle which at the present time is doing so much destruction here, and against the forest tent caterpillar, which as been feeding all spring on the maples. Headquarters is at the Vought gas station and tourist home in East Towanda.
The girls of the LeRoy 4-H sewing club will meet on June 22 at (;30 at the Open Hand grange hall.
Wayne Antisdel, 16, son of Miles Antisdel of Nichols, RR 3, fell from a cherry tree yesterday and fractured his hip. He was sent to Packer hospital, Sayre, by Dr. Brown.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. (She escaped almost a year later but ended up imprisoned again.)
In 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
In 1883, baseball's first "Ladies' Day" took place as the New York Gothams offered women free admission to a game against the Cleveland Spiders. (New York won, 5-2.)
In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's signature. (The Act was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.) The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was founded as President Roosevelt signed the Banking Act of 1933.
In 1943, comedian Charles Chaplin, 54, married his fourth wife, 18-year-old Oona O'Neill, daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill, in Carpinteria, Calif.
In 1959, actor George Reeves, TV's "Superman," was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in the bedroom of his Beverly Hills, Calif., home; he was 45.
In 1962, The New Yorker published the first of a three-part serialization of "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos (toh-REE'-ohs) exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties.
In 1987, a jury in New York acquitted Bernhard Goetz (bur-NAHRD' gehts) of attempted murder in the subway shooting of four youths he said were going to rob him; however, Goetz was convicted of illegal weapons possession. (In 1996, a civil jury ordered Goetz to pay $43 million to one of the persons he'd shot.)
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Billy "Crash" Craddock is 74. Actor Geoff Pierson is 64. Actress Laurie Metcalf is 58. Actor Eddie Cibrian is 40. Actress Olivia Hack is 30. Singer Diana DeGarmo ("American Idol") is 26.