Glancing Backward, June 29, 2013
Today is Saturday, June 29, the 180th day of 2013. There are 185 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 29, 1613, London's original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during a performance of "Henry VIII." (No fatalities were reported.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
The Bradford County Planning Commission has ranked improvements to the Wysox Narrows as the number one priority in its updated list of projects proposed for inclusion in PennDOT's 12-year transportation plan. Eric Franklin, one of the residents of the Standing Stone Township area who's been spearheading a petition drive to call attention to the road condition in the narrows in an attempt to gain some corrective action, described the planning commission action as being "encouraging."
Members of 4-H clubs from five counties are enjoying a number of activities at their annual camp being held this week at Camp Brule in Sullivan County. In keeping with the camp theme of Indian Tribes, the group is divided into three, Delaware, Iroquois and Cherokee, said Richard Smith, 4-H camp director.
Shawn McGuire, a seventh grader at Towanda Middle School, recently returned from U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Space Camp draws more than 16,000 young people a year from all 50 states and around the world. At the camp, the participants build and launch model rockets, experience astronaut training simulations and participate in simulated missions.
50 years ago - 1963
Mrs. John Calaman of State Street has received a handsome certificate from President John F. Kennedy in honor of her late husband who was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having flown 40 missions.
A reception will be held at the First United Methodist Church here Monday evening, honoring the church's new pastor, the Rev. H. Richard Welliver, and members of his family.
The Little League Yanks beat the Giants 10-6 in last night's major division game at the SCI. Batters for the Yanks were Mike Scheithauer and Ron Potter; for the Giants Allan Schoonover and Mike McGuire.
75 years ago - 1938
Work has been started on construction of a house for Mr. and Mrs. James Roderick on the West side of Watts Street. R. Cronsbey has the contract. Mr. Roderick is in the laundry business and Mrs. Roderick is a visiting nurse.
Word was received yesterday that Mrs. A.C. Smith and daughter Mary Annette had met with an automobile accident at Lansing, Mich. Mrs. Smith was taking her daughter to the National. Music Camp in Interlachen, Mich.
Lt. and Mrs. Leland Shaffer and two sons of Annapolis were the guests yesterday of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Turner.
Elsewhere on this date:
One year ago: A day after the House voted to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the Justice Department said Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress did not constitute a crime, and that he would not be prosecuted. The younger brother and business partner of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to charges he'd doctored documents for years, but Peter Madoff insisted he knew nothing about his brother's massive Ponzi scheme. (Peter Madoff was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.) The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency filed formal charges against Lance Armstrong, accusing the seven-time Tour de France winner of using performance-enhancing drugs throughout the best years of his career. (The USADA ended up stripping Armstrong of all his Tour de France titles and issued a lifetime ban from cycling.)
Today's Birthdays: Movie producer Robert Evans is 83. Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 73. Actor Gary Busey is 69. Comedian Richard Lewis is 66. Actor-turned-politican-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 65. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 65. Singer Don Dokken (Dokken) is 60. Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 60. Actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 56. Actress Sharon Lawrence is 52. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 51. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 49. Actress Kathleen Wilhoite is 49. Producer-writer Matthew Weiner is 48. Musician Dale Baker is 47. Actress Melora Hardin is 46. Rap DJ Shadow is 41.
Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 35. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 35.
Thought for Today: "Wouldn't it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly?" - Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003).