Glancing Backward, Nov. 13, 2013
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2013. There are 48 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
In order to raise money for the Wyalusing Valley Museum, members of its board began an unusual fundraiser, a house tour consisting of several interesting homes of local residents and charging admissions for the tours.
The East Canton United Methodist Church was set to get a new steeple.
The Wysox Volunteer Fire Company was called to a mobile home fire.
50 years ago - 1963
Three graduate students at Cornell University spoke at a dinner meeting of the Towanda branch, American Association of University Women, at the Wyalusing Valley High School.
The Towanda Township School Board, at its meeting, appointed Lang Dayton as township representative on the High School Building Authority.
The Towanda Planning and Zoning Commission, at its monthly meeting, heard two representatives of the Federal Aviation Agency at Harrisburg discuss the adequacy of the airport in South Towanda.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1312, England's King Edward III was born at Windsor Castle.
In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, Jean-Baptiste Leroy: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
In 1849, voters in California ratified the state's original constitution.
In 1909, 259 men and boys were killed when fire erupted inside a coal mine in Cherry, Ill.
In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between lower Manhattan and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
In 1937, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, formed exclusively for radio broadcasting, made its debut.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public city and state buses.
In 1969, speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accused network television news departments of bias and distortion, and urged viewers to lodge complaints.
In 1971, the U.S. space probe Mariner 9 went into orbit around Mars.
In 1974, Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., died in a car crash while on her way to meet a reporter.
In 1985, some 23,000 residents of Armero, Colombia, died when a volcanic mudslide buried the city.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Madeleine Sherwood is 91. Journalist-author Peter Arnett is 79. Actress Sheila Frazier is 65. Actor Neil Flynn is 53. Actor Jordan Bridges is 40. Actress Monique Coleman is 33.