Glancing Backward, Nov. 12, 2013
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2013. There are 49 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 12, 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over Japanese forces.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Ray Moyer, Roy Shrimp, Chester Losinger and Keith Haight took part in the Post Everlasting Ceremony held to honor 19 area veterans who died during the past year.
Due to high winds the Laporte House in French Azilum received major damage as the result of a huge pine tree falling on the roof.
Members of the Canton School Board granted permission to the administration to submit a proposal for the National School Recognition Program.
50 years ago - 1963
Paramount in the minds of the members of the Joint Operating Committee of the Towanda Area Joint School System was the fact that they had not yet received monies due them for the 1962-63 school term.
The downstairs portion of the Keystone Theater was filled near to overflowing for the annual Veterans Day observance.
Five youths of the Wyalusing Methodist Church were honored at a congregational covered dish supper.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1787, severe flooding struck Dublin, Ireland, as the River Liffey rose.
In 1815, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, N.Y.
In 1918, the short-lived Republic of German-Austria was declared.
In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
In 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic.
In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.
In 1969, news of the My Lai Massacre in South Vietnam in March 1968 was broken by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.
In 1977, the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, the winner of a runoff.
In 1982, Yuri V. Andropov (ahn-DROH'-pawf) was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
In 1987, the American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive.
In 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 people on board and five people on the ground.
One year ago: Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, more than 70,000 customers of the Long Island Power Authority in New York were still without electricity. The utility said more than half of those in the dark had water damage to electrical panels and wiring, and their service could not be restored without an inspection and possibly repairs.
Today's Birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Hayes (Persuasions) is 70. Rock musician Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Oyster Cult) is 66. Sen. Actor Sam Lloyd is 50. Actress Radha Mitchell is 40. Actor Ryan Gosling is 33. Actress Macey Cruthird is 21.