Glancing Backward, Oct. 22, 2013
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2013. There are 70 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally broadcast address in which he publicly revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Work began on the new Star Savings and Loan (SS&L) that was built on the former Central School lot, located between Lockhart and Allison streets.
Dawn Chamberlain was crowned 1988 Towanda High School Homecoming Queen.
Country Peddler was welcomed to its new locations by representatives of the Towanda Area Chamber of Commerce.
50 years ago - 1963
Nelson Shearer, president of the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital, told the board that the new emergency room sign at the hospital was installed.
Installation of new officers in the Rebekah Lodge was held in the hall.
The 10th annual banquet of Northern Tier Lodge No, 60 Fraternal Order of Police was held.
75 years ago - 1938
Arrangements were completed for Ulster High School's annual Halloween festival.
The fourth of the Loyalty Month services was held in the First Presbyterian Church of Towanda.
Pennsylvania Railroad shopmen chose the Independent Brotherhood Railroad Shop Crafts of America to continue as their collective bargaining agency.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.
In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod's "Faust."
In 1934, bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.
In 1968, Apollo 7 returned safely from Earth orbit, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.
In 2002, Bus driver Conrad Johnson was shot to death in Aspen Hill, Md., in the final attack carried out by the "Beltway Snipers."
Today's Birthdays: Actress Joan Fontaine is 96. Actor Derek Jacobi is 75. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 61. Movie director Bill Condon is 58. Rapper Tracey Lee is 43. Rock musician Rickard (correct) Goransson (Carolina Liar) is 30. Actress Sofia Vassilieva (vas-ihl-lee-A'-vuh) is 21.