Glancing Backward, June 23, 2013
Today is Sunday, June 23, the 174th day of 2013. There are 191 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively making him the first black candidate to have his name placed in nomination for U.S. president. (The nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Many youngsters enjoyed a puppet show put on yesterday by Judy Hunsted of Burlington and her children, Sarah and Andrew. The show kicked off the weekly Childrens' Story Hour at the Bradford County Library.
The Wysox Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to the front of Shore's Short Stop, located at the corner of Route 6 and Laning Creek Road, when a flash fire broke out in a trench caused by a backhoe digging for the installation of the Wysox Sewer Authorities' new pipeline.
Folks were trying to beat the heat today, as temperatures throughout the area soared into the 90s.
50 years ago - 1963
The Grand Council of the North American Indians at Wyalusing Rocks will officially open this morning at 10 o'clock. Shortly after 10 a.m., the first of four lacrosse games will be played.
Richard O. Troy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Con T. Troy, formerly of Towanda, was one of the 493 members of the recent graduating class of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Gary Cobb belted a double, triple and home run in four times up to pace the Angels to an 18-4 win over the Mets in Friday evening's Senior Little League game at Memorial Park.
75 years ago - 1938
Ad: FIREWORKS. We have a full line of new fireworks, ready to serve our old and new customers. Vought's Atlantic Station, East Towanda.
Francis H. Murphy was elected Grand Knight of Sayre Council, Knights of Columbus for the ensuing years at the annual meeting held in the council rooms last evening.
Attorney William M. Rosenfield yesterday afternoon gave a sterling talk marking the high point of Towanda's observance of the 150th anniversary of the constitution's adoption. Mr. Rosenfield declared that the constitution will live as long as a majority of the people want it.
Elsewhere on this date:
Ten years ago: A divided Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, allowed the nation's colleges and universities to select students based in part on race, as long as race was not the determining factor. The Supreme Court said the government could require public libraries to equip computers with anti-pornography filters. Democrat Howard Dean formally announced his presidential campaign. Maynard Jackson Jr., the first black mayor of Atlanta, died in Arlington, Va., at age 65.
Five years ago: Outraged at the turmoil in Zimbabwe, the U.N. Security Council declared that a fair presidential vote was impossible because of a "campaign of violence" waged by President Robert Mugabe's government. Seattle's Felix Hernandez hit the first grand slam by an American League pitcher in 37 years, then departed with a sprained ankle before he could qualify for a win in the Mariners' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets.
One year ago: Syria and Turkey desperately sought to ease tensions following an incident in which Syria shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane, saying the plane had entered its airspace. Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the decathlon, finishing with 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. The Daytime Emmys showered "General Hospital" with five trophies, including best drama; NBC's "Today" show won as best morning show and the syndicated "Jeopardy!" was named best game show.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Diana Trask is 73. Musical conductor James Levine (luh-VYN') is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosetta Hightower (The Orlons) is 69. Actor Ted Shackelford is 67. Actor Bryan Brown is 66.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 65. Actor Jim Metzler is 62. "American Idol" ex-judge Randy Jackson is 57. Actress Frances McDormand is 56. Rock musician Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) is 51. Actor Paul La Greca is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chico DeBarge is 43. Actress Selma Blair is 41. Rock singer KT Tunstall is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Virgo Williams (Ghostowns DJs) is 38. Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is 36. Actress Melissa Rauch is 33. Rock singer Duffy is 29. Country singer Katie Armiger is 22.
Thought for Today: "Suffering without understanding in this life is a heap worse than suffering when you have at least the grain of an idea what it's all for." - Mary Ellen Chase, American author (1887-1973).