Glancing Backward, June 16, 2014
Today is Monday, June 16, the 167th day of 2014. There are 198 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 16, 1944, George Stinney, a 14-year-old black youth, became the youngest person to die in the electric chair as the state of South Carolina executed him for the murders of two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7. (George Stinney's family, who maintains his innocence, is seeking to overturn his conviction.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Joe Fairchild, representing Towanda's Odd Fellows Lodge recently presented a $1,000 scholarship to Towanda Area High School graduate Brenda A Schmieg.
The Troy Middle School students participated in a project in which the students design dragsters on the computer, construct them, then run the dragster to see how fast it can travel in 60 feet.
The Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 recently hosted a special ceremony to dedicate its post pavilion in memory of Tony Dinelli.
50 years ago - 1964
The New Sullivan County High School was dedicated recently with at least 1000 people in attendance.
Meredith Henderson of Towanda recently received the Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy.
The state Game Commission voted recently to increase the number of antlertless deer licenses from 204,450 to 274,800.
75 years ago - 1939
Major George Stark of the Salvation Army reported that the drive to date has brought in $489.09.
Mrs. Wilbur Harrison, formerly Miss Mabel Jennings, announce the opening of the North Towanda Inn, located at the Sinclair gas station in North Towanda.
Elsewhere on this date:
Ten years ago: Rebuffing Bush administration claims, the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said no evidence existed that al-Qaida had strong ties to Saddam Hussein. Al Lapin Jr., co-founder of the International House of Pancakes in 1958, died in Los Angeles at age 76.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the White House; afterward, Obama declared North Korea a "grave threat" to the world and pledged the U.S. and its allies would aggressively enforce fresh penalties against the nuclear-armed nation. Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, a leading Republican mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, admitted he'd had an extramarital affair with a campaign staff member. Federal health regulators warned consumers to stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they could permanently damage the sense of smell.
One year ago: Riot police firing tear gas and water cannons repelled thousands of anti-government protesters attempting to converge on Istanbul's central Taksim Square while Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) defended the crackdown at a rally of his supporters. Justin Rose captured his first major championship and became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open, shooting a closing 70 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, for a 1-over 281 total. Connecticut accountant Erin Brady won the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Bill Cobbs is 80. Author Joyce Carol Oates is 76. Country singer Billy "Crash" Craddock is 76. Songwriter Lamont Dozier is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eddie Levert is 72. Actress Joan Van Ark is 71. Actor Geoff Pierson is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Smith (The Stylistics) is 64. Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran is 63. Pop singer Gino Vannelli is 62. Actress Laurie Metcalf is 59. Model-actress Jenny Shimizu is 47. Actor James Patrick Stuart is 46. Actor Clifton Collins Jr. is 44. Golfer Phil Mickelson is 44. Actor John Cho is 42. Actor Eddie Cibrian is 41. Actress China (chee-nah) Shavers is 37. Actress Sibel Kekilli (TV: "Game of Thrones") is 34. Actress Missy Peregrym (PEH'-rih-grihm) is 32. Actress Olivia Hack is 31. Singer Diana DeGarmo ("American Idol") is 27. Pop-rock musician Ian Keaggy (Hot Chelle (SHEL)) is 27.
Thought for Today: "We seldom stop to think how many people's lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed." - Ivy Baker Priest, former U.S. Treasurer (1905-1975).