Glancing Backward, June 26, 2013
Today is Wednesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2013. There are 188 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city's residents, declaring: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner).
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
"Stinky," a pet pig of Bill Kepner and Holly Harvey of Litchfield enjoys all the status of a pampered pet on the couple's ranch. Stinky weighs in at about 500 pounds, and is allowed to roam anywhere on the proper and even enter the house on occasion.
Eric Washburn and his teacher Maggie Frawley unveiled a memorial plaque recently in front of Veterans Memorial Park. Eric, who is dyslexic, designed and constructed the plaque to honor the soldiers from Bradford County who died in the Vietnam War.
Rev. Richard Berg was crowned Mr. New Albany while Phyllis Sturdevant was named Mrs. New Albany on Saturday.
50 years ago - 1963
Clifford Rosiniski was installed as president of the Towanda Lions Club last night, succeeding Lewis Dennis.
New Albany Women's Community Club met at the home of Mrs. Henry Heiber with 18 members and two guests present. After a delicious picnic dinner a business meeting was held with the president, Belle Robinson, presiding.
The Susquehanna River is in the best possible conditions for the season's first local fishing derby.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1483, Richard III began his reign as King of England (he was crowned the following month at Westminster Abbey).
In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, N.J.'s Boardwalk was opened to the public.
In 1925, Charlie Chaplin's classic comedy "The Gold Rush" premiered at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.
In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush went back on his "no-new-taxes" campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package worked out with congressional negotiators.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Eleanor Parker is 91. Jazz musician-film composer Dave Grusin is 79. Actor Clive Francis is 67. Rock singer Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) is 50. Actress Rebecca Budig is 40. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman is 33. Actress-singer Jennette McCurdy is 21.