Glancing Backward, June 25, 2013
Today is Tuesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2013. There are 189 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 25, 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee, implicating top administration officials, including President Richard Nixon as well as himself, in the Watergate scandal and cover-up.
25 years ago - 1988
The 24-hour Dave Smith Memorial Run got underway yesterday to raise money for cancer research. A relay team of 11 runners will circle the track at the Lockhart Street Bowl until 6 p.m. tonight, collecting money and pledges for the American Cancer Society.
Some patrons of the Tomahawk Restaurant in North Towanda got more than their morning cup of coffee when they stopped at this eatery Friday - they had the opportunity to see a bear which was across the road and was apparently frightened by onlookers and climbed a tree in the backyard of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Coolbaugh.
First place in the Beautiful Baby contest at last night's fireman's carnival in New Albany went to Jason Michael Crawford, 15 months, son of Diane and James Crawford of New Albany.
50 years ago - 1963
Towanda Lodge Elks initiated three new members Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was conducted by the Towanda officers, led by Exalted Ruler Elwood Spencer
Cheri Fitzgerald, daughter of Mrs. William P. Fitzgerald of 28 Main St., Towanda, will leave July 10 to spend two month in Turkey under the auspices of the Experiment in International Living.
Earl Bodine, driving his famous 188, drove from the back of the pack to first place in the modified feature race at Chemung Speedrome last Saturday night.
75 years ago - 1938
"Robin Hood," considered the seasons outstanding movie and filmed entirely in Technicolor, comes to the Keystone Theatre in Towanda for three days, starting Sunday, June 26, and continuing Monday and Tuesday. There will be matinees on Sunday and Tuesday.
John Eonlin of Sayre became president of the Sayre-Athens Lions club when newly elected officers for the ensuing year were installed last evening during the regular weekly meeting of the club, held in the Waltmore Inn.
The Sunday evening service at the Salvation Army citadel tomorrow will be in the form of an official farewell meeting to Capt. And Mrs. Robert A. Bush, who are being transferred to Sunbury. All their friends are invited to attend to wish them godspeed.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.
In 1888, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Benjamin Harrison for the presidency. (Harrison went on to win the election, defeating President Grover Cleveland.)
In 1910, President William Howard Taft signed the White-Slave Traffic Act, more popularly known as the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.
In 1943, Congress passed, over President Franklin D. Roosevelt's veto, the Smith-Connally Anti-Strike Act, which allowed the federal government to seize and operate privately owned war plants facing labor strikes.
In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, ruled 6-1 that recitation of a state-sponsored prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional.
In 1988, American-born Mildred Gillars, known as "Axis Sally" for her Nazi propaganda broadcasts during World War II, died in Columbus, Ohio, at age 87. (Gillars had served 12 years in prison for treason.)
Today's Birthdays: Actress June Lockhart is 88. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Willis Reed is 71. Rock singer Tim Finn is 61. Rock singer George Michael is 50. Rock musician Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) is 41. Actress Linda Cardellini is 38.