Glancing Backward, Nov. 1, 2013
Today is Friday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2013. There are 60 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington, D.C. to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. The attempt failed, and one of the pair was killed, along with a White House police officer.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Mountain Lake Electric had a "buggy" theme for their float that participated in the annual Troy Halloween Parade.
Several factors pointed to an upswing in the Valley's economic growth.
The Municipal Tree Restoration Program (MTRP) involving Towanda Borough, Penelec and the Bureau of Forestry, got off the ground.
50 years ago - 1963
Lady Lynn Rebekah Lodge 2259 of Burlington held a card party.
The Halloween art adorning the windows of numerous Towanda business establishments and offices was judged.
The Towanda Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary held a well attended meeting.
75 years ago - 1938
There was a political meeting at Locust Shade, Gilletta Bridge, Rome Township.
The Athens local of the Dairymen's League, held its meeting at East Athens community hall.
Spooks, goblins and all sorts of peculiar creatures paraded the streets of Troy for the annual Halloween parade.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1512, Michelangelo finished painting the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
In 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.
In 1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln named Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan General-in-Chief of the Union armies, succeeding Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott.
In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.
In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Rome and Berlin.
In 1944, "Harvey," a comedy by Mary Chase about a man and his friend, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit, opened on Broadway.
In 1949, an Eastern Airlines DC-4 collided in midair with a Lockheed P-38 fighter plane near Washington National Airport, killing all 55 people aboard the DC-4 and seriously injuring the pilot of the P-38.
In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named "Ivy Mike," at Enewetak (en-ih-WEE'-tahk) Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America unveiled its new voluntary film rating system: G for general, M for mature (later changed to GP, then PG), R for restricted and X (later changed to NC-17) for adults only.
In 1973, following the "Saturday Night Massacre," Acting Attorney General Robert H. Bork appointed Leon Jaworski to be the new Watergate special prosecutor, succeeding Archibald Cox.
In 1979, former first lady Mamie Eisenhower died in Washington, D.C. at age 82.
Ten years ago: Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean stirred controversy within his party by telling the Des Moines Register he wanted to be "the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." (The former Vermont governor explained that he intended to encourage the return of Southern voters who had abandoned the Democrats for decades but were disaffected with the Republicans.)
Today's Birthdays: Actress Betsy Palmer is 87. Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is 71. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald Khalis Bell (Kool and the Gang) is 62. Country singer "Big Kenny" Alphin (Big and Rich) is 50. Actress Aishwarya Rai (ash-WAHR'-ee-ah rye) is 40. Actor Matt Jones is 32. Actor Penn Badgley is 27. Actor Max Burkholder is 16.