Glancing Backward, June 17, 2013
Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2013. There are 197 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 17, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Abington (Pa.) School District v. Schempp, struck down, 8-1, rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
David Testa, vice-president of Cablevision Industries, announced yesterday that the company will be adding WTBS to its basic service to Valley subscribers beginning July 1. The addition is in response to a recent survey conducted in April.
Pal's Sports Center president George Maloney officially announced the opening of a store on Elmira Street in Athens Township recently. The new store is the first step in a plan to establish a multi-store operation in the area.
Michael Stoddard, 17, of Sugar Run, escaped potentially serious injuries in a one-car accident along Route 482 in Herrick's Township Wednesday by using his seatbelt, according to state police at Towanda.
50 years ago - 1963
The annual picnic and barbecue of Ss. Peter and Paul's Church was such a success yesterday that long before darkness fell, every bit of food had been sold. The committee had prepared to handle at least 1,100.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Huffman and son Charles attended a family picnic Sunday at the home of Mrs. Chester Novak of Black Walnut.
Play in the newly organized Endless Mountains Teener League opens tonight with New Albany at East Smithfield and Bernice-Mildred at Wyalusing.
75 years ago - 1938
(From the front page of The Daily Review) Headline: "Nazis intensify campaign on Jews" Nazi Germany intensified its campaign against Jews today by closing additional loopholes to their means of livelihood. The government published a decree designed to assure at least a complete boycott of Jewish business by the German civil service and members of the Nazi party.
Clay Fairchild, sophomore at the high school the past school year, will be the guest of the Rotary club for 10 days at the American Legion Boys State camp at Indiantown Gap August 21031. With Howard Ellsworth Jr., who is going as guest of Towanda Post, American Legion, young Fairchild will represent this area at the camp.
Gladys Fitch of Canton RD 2 is 13 today.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1397, the Treaty of Kalmar was signed, creating a union between the kingdoms of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill resulted in a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy losses.
In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere (ee-SEHR').
In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales with pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon, becoming the first woman to make the trip as a passenger.
In 1933, the "Kansas City Massacre" took place outside Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., as a group of gunmen attacked law enforcement officers escorting federal prisoner Frank Nash; four of the officers were killed, along with Nash.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus is 81. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is 70. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 62. Actor Greg Kinnear is 50. Actress Kami Cotler (TV: "The Waltons") is 48. Latin pop singer Paulina Rubio is 42. Tennis player Venus Williams is 33. Actor Damani Roberts is 17.