Glancing Backward, May 17, 2014
Today is Saturday, May 17, the 137th day of 2014. There are 228 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously struck down racially segregated public schools, ruling that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Approximately 25 local business and property owners were on hand recently for the presentation of the final design for Towanda Borough's Central Business District improvement project.
Epiphany students who are involved in scouting were presented awards by Bishop James Timlin of Scranton at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton recently.
Memorial Hospital Auxiliary representative Joan Taylor, presented a check for $40,035 to William Donatelli, president of Memorial Hospital and Skilled Nursing Unit.
75 years ago - 1939
The Daily Review's fifth annual cooking school got underway recently at the Community Center, with instructor Mrs. Nancy Rowe.
R.A. Burr of Troy was unanimously elected president of the Bradford County Sportsman's Association at an enthusiastic meeting of the organization.
Elsewhere on this date:
Five years ago: President Barack Obama strode head-on into the stormy abortion debate, telling graduates at the University of Notre Dame that both sides had to stop demonizing one another. In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers admitted defeat in their fierce quarter-century war for a separate homeland. Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
One year ago: The ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, faced hours of intense grilling before Congress; both defiant and apologetic, Miller acknowledged agency mistakes in targeting tea party groups for special scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status, but insisted that agents broke no laws and that there was no effort to cover up their actions. Jorge Rafael Videla, 87, the former dictator who took power in Argentina in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands during a "dirty war" against so-called "subversives," died in Buenos Aires while serving life in prison for crimes against humanity.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Gerety is 74. Singer Taj Mahal is 72. Rock musician Bill Bruford is 65. Singer-musician George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 61.
TV personality Kathleen Sullivan is 61. Actor Bill Paxton is 59. Boxing Hall-of-Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 58. Actor-comedian Bob Saget is 58. Sports announcer Jim Nantz is 55. Singer Enya is 53. Talk show host-actor Craig Ferguson is 52. Rock singer-musician Page McConnell is 51. Actor David Eigenberg is 50. Singer-musician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is 49. Actress Paige Turco is 49. Rhythm-and-blues musician O'Dell (Mint Condition) is 49. Actor Hill Harper is 48. TV personality/interior designer Thom Filicia is 45. Singer Jordan Knight is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darnell Van Rensalier (Shai) is 44. Actress Sasha Alexander is 41. Rock singer-musician Josh Homme (HAHM'-ee) is 41. Rock singer Andrea Corr (The Corrs) is 40. Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy (SEN'-dul rah-mah-MURTH'-ee) is 40. Actress Rochelle Aytes is 38. Singer Kandi Burruss is 38. Actress Kat Foster is 36. Actress Ayda Field is 35. Actress Ginger Gonzaga is 31. Folk-rock singer/songwriter Passenger is 30. Dancer-choreographer Derek Hough (huhf) is 29. Actor Tahj Mowry is 28. Actress Nikki Reed is 26. Singer Kree Harrison (TV: "American Idol") is 24. Actress Leven Rambin is 24. Actress Samantha Browne-Walters is 23. Actor Justin Martin is 20.