Glancing Backward, June 30, 2014
Today is Monday, June 30, the 181st day of 2014. There are 184 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 30, 1934, Adolf Hitler launched his "blood purge" of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as "The Night of the Long Knives."
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Mar Ei, executive director of the Bradford County Board of Assistance, was treated to a retirement party recently after serving 24 years.
Members of the West Franklin Mennonite Church were recently presented with the Allen F. Pierce Award for their dedication and spirit of service in working with the women at Martha Lloyd School.
The Bradford-Sullivan Lions Eye Bank was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service in providing assistance to the visually handicapped.
50 years ago - 1964
Golden Star Rebekah Lodge of Troy celebrated its 50th anniversary recently with a banquet.
Wypotomoss Day Camp, was held at the VFW fairgrounds recently with 136 girls participating.
Mrs. Frederick L. Roberts, LeRaysville was honored recently when her recipe for barbecued chicken was judged number one in New York State.
75 years ago - 1939
The Boy Scout Day Camps, arranged by the camp committee of the Boy Scouts of American, will open in July.
Gerald W. Vickery, popular Columbia Cross Roads man, has announced his candidacy for county auditor.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: Democrat Al Franken was declared the winner of Minnesota's eight-month U.S. Senate vote recount, defeating Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. A Yemeni jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean as it tried to land on the island nation of Comoros; a 12-year-old girl was the sole survivor. American soldier Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan, and was later confirmed to have been captured by insurgents. (Bergdahl was released on May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees.) Musical actor Harve Presnell, 75, died in Santa Monica, California.
One year ago: Nineteen elite firefighters known as members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position. Addressing students at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, President Barack Obama declared that the future of the young and growing continent still rested in Nelson Mandela's vision for equality and opportunity. Millions thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around Egypt and marched on the presidential palace in an attempt to force out Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Inbee Park won the U.S. Women's Open in Southampton, New York, for her third straight major of the year.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Lea Massari is 81. Actress Nancy Dussault is 78. Songwriter Tony Hatch is 75. Singer Glenn Shorrock is 70. Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 63. Actor David Garrison is 62. Rock musician Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) is 61. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 58.
Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is 55. Actress Deirdre Lovejoy is 52. Actor Rupert Graves is 51. Boxer Mike Tyson is 48. Actor Peter Outerbridge is 48. Rock musician Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) is 45. Actor Brian Bloom is 44. Actor Brian Vincent is 44. Actress Monica Potter is 43. Actor Rick Gonzalez is 35. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 32. Rock musician James Adam Shelley (American Authors) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fantasia ("American Idol") is 30. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 29.
Thought for Today: "We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon." - Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (1876-1967).