Glancing Backward, June 23, 2014
Today is Monday, June 23, the 174th day of 2014. There are 191 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 23, 1314, during the First War of Scottish Independence, the two-day Battle of Bannockburn, resulting in victory for the forces of Robert the Bruce over the army of King Edward II, began near Stirling.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Marigold the Clown visited the Bradford County Library's Summer Reading Program recently.
William H. Bendot, Jr. of New Albany and Lance W. Donatelli, Towanda are two of the 110 young men and women from throughout Pennsylvania who are attending the 19th Annual American Legion State Police Youth Week.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Bushong of Rome recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to the Bahamas on the Carnival Ship, "Mardi Gras."
50 years ago - 1964
An attraction which has become increasingly popular at the annul Wysox Ox Roast is the home baked goods booth.
Bernard C. Wolfe, preside of the First National Bank of Towanda, was honored at a retirement dinner recently at the Towanda Motel with approximately 80 persons in attendance.
The Towanda Gun Club held its first Fish Float of the year recently with 11 boats participating.
75 years ago - 1939
The Towanda Garden Club's second annual Flower Mart drew a large crowd to the Community Center recently.
Miss Margaret Carson of Towanda was engaged for another year as executive secretary of the Bradford County Children's Aid Society.
David Leonard and Richard Schultz were awarded perfect attendance again this year at St. Agnes School.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1972, President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. (Revelation of the tape recording of this conversation sparked Nixon's resignation.) President Nixon signed Title IX, which barred discrimination on the basis of sex for "any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
In 1989, the Supreme Court refused to shut down the "dial-a-porn" industry, ruling Congress had gone too far in passing a law banning all sexually oriented phone message services.
In 1994, the movie "Forrest Gump," starring Tom Hanks as a simple yet kindhearted soul and his serendipitous brushes with greatness, was released by Paramount Pictures.
Ten years ago: In a major retreat, the United States abandoned an attempt to win a new exemption for American troops from international prosecution for war crimes - an effort that had faced strong opposition because of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.
Five years ago: Hardening the U.S. reaction to Iran's disputed elections and bloody aftermath, President Barack Obama condemned the violence against protesters and lent his strongest support yet to their accusations the hardline victory was a fraud. "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon died in Los Angeles at 86. Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, who'd diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer before a dramatic rescue from a South Pole station, died in Southwick, Massachusetts, at 57. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
One year ago: Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor behind the disclosures of the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs, left Hong Kong for Moscow with the stated intention of seeking asylum in Ecuador; however, Snowden ended up remaining in Moscow. Aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona. Sci-fi and fantasy writer Richard Matheson, 87, died in Los Angeles.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Diana Trask is 74. Musical conductor James Levine (luh-VYN') is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosetta Hightower (The Orlons) is 70. Actor Ted Shackelford is 68. Actor Bryan Brown is 67. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 66. Actor Jim Metzler is 63. "American Idol" ex-judge Randy Jackson is 58.
Actress Frances McDormand is 57. Rock musician Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) is 52. Actor Paul La Greca is 52. Writer-director Joss Whedon is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chico DeBarge is 44. Actress Selma Blair is 42. Rock singer KT Tunstall is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Virgo Williams (Ghostowns DJs) is 39. Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is 37. Actress Melissa Rauch is 34. Rock singer Duffy is 30. Country singer Katie Armiger is 23.
Thought for Today: "To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing." - Dorothy Thompson, American journalist (1894-1961).