Glancing Backward, Oct. 3, 2013
Today is Thursday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2013. There are 89 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 3, 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a reunified country.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Hot air balloons returned to Bradford County for the Fall Foliage Festival at the airport south of Towanda.
Over $3,000 was raised as the result of the second annual Rainbow Riders Ride-A-Thon.
A former parking lot became the hub of the Mansfield University campus through student efforts.
50 years ago - 1963
The annual Northeaster District talent contest among Grangers was held in the Canton Elementary School.
At least five medical doctors from Bradford County participated in decisions affecting the health of the people of the state and the course of organized medicine at the 113th annual session of the Pennsylvania Society in Pittsburgh.
75 years ago - 1938
Under the direction of the Sayre Lodge of Elks, a "Safety First" meeting was held at the Sayre High School.
The Junior Improvement League served a dinner to 14 guests, all over 80, in the Federated church parlors in East Smithfield.
The Fisher School PTA members held their first meeting of the school term with much interest shown.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1226, St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died; he was canonized in 1228.
In 1789, President George Washington declared Nov. 26, 1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
In 1929, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
In 1951, the New York Giants captured the National League pennant by a score of 5-4 as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca in the "shot heard 'round the world."
In 1961, "The Dick Van Dyke Show," also starring Mary Tyler Moore, made its debut on CBS.
In 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a nine-hour flight.
In 1970, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was established under the Department of Commerce.
In 1991, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Today's Birthdays: Basketball Hall of Famer Marques O. Haynes is 87. Actor Alan Rachins is 71. Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is 62. Rock musician Tommy Lee is 51. Actress Neve Campbell is 40. Rock musician Mark King (Hinder) is 31. Actress-singer Ashlee Simpson is 29.