Glancing Backward, Oct. 29, 2013
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2013. There are 63 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 29, 1929, Wall Street crashed on "Black Tuesday," heralding the beginning of America's Great Depression.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
A Halloween fashion show was held at Epiphany School.
The frame of the Stoll Natural Resource Center in Wysox Township was set in place.
The Heath Care Facilities Authority of Sayre approved the selling of bonds to 17 Pennsylvania hospitals at lower interest rates.
50 years ago - 1963
The boiler problems of the Monroe-Franklin Elementary School building occupied most of the discussion at the regular meeting of the Towanda Area Joint School Board.
Doors to Penelec's new electric service center in Sayre were open to approximately 6500 customers and friends of Penelec toured the new building.
Final arrangements were made for the Halloween Festival in Towanda.
75 years ago - 1938
The Past Grands Association I.O.O.F. of Eastern Bradford County held its annual banquet in Towanda.
Toy balloons were let loose over Towanda.
The Junior Girls' Friendly Society held its regular meeting in the Episcopal parish rooms with 17 members and two guests present.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English courtier, military adventurer and poet, was executed in London.
In 1787, the opera "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had its world premiere in Prague.
In 1901, President William McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz (CHAWL'-gahsh), was electrocuted.
In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.
In 1940, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number - 158 - in America's first peacetime military draft.
In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered as NBC's nightly television newscast.
In 1960, a chartered plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo, Ohio, killing 22 of the 48 people on board.
In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C.
In 1967, Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, closed after six months.
In 1979, on the 50th anniversary of the great stock market crash, anti-nuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1987, following the confirmation defeat of Robert H. Bork to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Ronald Reagan announced his choice of Douglas H. Ginsburg, a nomination that fell apart over revelations of Ginsburg's previous marijuana use. Jazz great Woody Herman died in Los Angeles at age 74.
In 1994, gunman Francisco Martin Duran fired more than two dozen shots from a semiautomatic rifle at the White House. (Duran was later convicted of trying to assassinate President Bill Clinton and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.)
In 1998, Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he'd blazed for America's astronauts 36 years earlier.
Ten years ago: International organizations continued their exodus from Iraq in the wake of car bombings in the capital and attacks against coalition troops. A powerful geomagnetic storm walloped the Earth, knocking out some airline communications but apparently causing no large power outages or other major problems. Opera star Franco Corelli died in Milan, Italy, at age 82.
Today's Birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers) is 76. The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, is 63. Singer Randy Jackson is 52. Actress Gabrielle Union is 40. Actor Ben Foster is 33. Actress India Eisley (TV: "The Secret Life of the American Teenager") is 20.