Glancing Backward, June 30, 2013
Today is Sunday, June 30, the 181st day of 2013. There are 184 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 30, 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette, with its innovative fiberglass body, was built at a General Motors assembly facility in Flint, Mich.
25 years ago - 1988
Bradford County Extension Agent Al Homan said that last week, farmers here began to feel the effect of the drought that has gripped the rest of the nation. "For the most part our corn is okay, although I can't imagine where the moisture is coming from," Homan said. "Corn is most affect on hard clay ridges that are normally dry and in creek and river beds."
Approval was given yesterday at the Bradford County Commissioners' meeting to recommend appointment of Terence Brennan as administrator at the Bradford County Manor, effective July 5. Commissioner William McNett said Brennan, who has been employed at the manor as controller since the spring of 1985, will be replacing Dale Nolen in the position of administrator.
The Athens Township Board of Directors met last night and accepted a bid for aggregate materials for the township and gave land developer Mary Theresa Sullivan approval to build a road for her Queen Esther Estates project on Wilawana Road at her own risk.
75 years ago - 1938
Col. and Mrs. W.H. Hanson are in Williamsport, attending the functions of the Council of Deliberation Scottish Rite bodies.
David L. Schultz of East Towanda has just been awarded his tenth certificate of perfect attendance at St. Agnes School, having been neither absent no tardy since he entered.
Delores Davis, 8-year-old daughter of Gus Davis of Wyalusing RR 3, caught two fingers of her right hand in a corn sheller yesterday and badly lacerated them.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin (blahn-DAN') walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched.
In 1886, Arturo Toscanini, a 19-year-old cellist, made his legendary conducting debut as he stepped in as a last-minute substitute to lead the orchestra of an Italian touring company's performance of the Verdi opera "Aida" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 1908, the Tunguska Event took place in Russia as an asteroid exploded above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees.
In 1912, Canada's deadliest tornado on record occurred as a cyclone struck Regina, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, killing 28 people.
In 1921, President Warren G. Harding nominated former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Edward Douglass White.
In 1933, the Screen Actors Guild was established.
In 1934, Adolf Hitler carried out his "blood purge" of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as "The Night of the Long Knives."
In 1958, the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska statehood bill by a vote of 64-20.
In 1963, Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1972, for the first time, a leap-second was added to Coordinated Universal Time to account for the slowing rotation of the Earth.
In 1985, 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days.
In 1993, actor George "Spanky" McFarland of "Our Gang" and "Little Rascals" fame died in Grapevine, Texas, at age 64.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Lea Massari is 80. Actor Tony Musante is 77. Actor David Garrison is 61. Actor Rupert Graves is 50. Actor Rick Gonzalez is 34. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fantasia ("American Idol") is 29.