Glancing Backward, Oct. 5, 2013
Today is Saturday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2013. There are 87 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 5, 1921, the World Series was carried on radio for the first time as Newark, N.J. station WJZ (later WABC) relayed a telephoned play-by-play account of the first game from the Polo Grounds, where the New York Giants were facing the New York Yankees, to a studio announcer who repeated the information on the air. (Although the Yankees won the opener, 3-0, the Giants won the series, 5 games to 3.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
The Skyblazer Sport Parachute Club will make an exhibition jump at the Blue Swan Airport, Sayre, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Rehearsals have started for the first play to be presented for this season by the Valley Players. The cast for the three act comedy "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" has been selected.
The LeRaysville Women's Fellowship will have a bazaar at the LeRaysville community hall in conjunction with the Old Home Day observance this afternoon.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1962, The Beatles' first hit recording, "Love Me Do," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone Records. The first James Bond theatrical feature, "Dr. No" starring Sean Connery as Agent 007, premiered in London.
In 1969, the British TV comedy program "Monty Python's Flying Circus" made its debut on BBC 1.
In 1970, British trade commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in Canada by militant Quebec separatists; he was released the following December.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution granting honorary American citizenship to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving thousands of Hungarians, most of them Jews, from the Nazis during World War II.
In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
In 1990, a jury in Cincinnati acquitted an art gallery and its director of obscenity charges stemming from an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe.
In 2001, tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens died from inhaled anthrax, the first of a series of anthrax cases in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington. Barry Bonds set a new mark for home runs in a single season, hitting numbers 71 and 72, but San Francisco was eliminated from the playoffs with an 11-10 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ten years ago: Israel bombed an Islamic Jihad base in Syria in the first Israeli attack deep inside Syrian territory in three decades. A woman opened fire at an Atlanta church before Sunday services, killing her mother and the minister before committing suicide. The Chicago Cubs won their first postseason series since 1908 when they beat Atlanta 5-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the National League playoffs.
Five years ago: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists," referring to his association on a charity board a few years earlier with 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Obama accused John McCain's campaign of trying to distract votes with "smears" rather than talking about substance.
One year ago: A month before the presidential election, unemployment fell to its lowest level, 7.8 percent, since President Barack Obama took office; some Republicans questioned whether the numbers had been manipulated.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Glynis Johns is 90. Comedian Bill Dana is 89. Actor Peter Brown is 78. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Arlene Smith (The Chantels) is 72. Singer-musician Steve Miller is 70. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., is 70. Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC/DC) is 66. Actress Karen Allen is 62. Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 61. Rock musician David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 59. Rock singer and famine-relief organizer Bob Geldof is 59. Architect Maya Lin is 54. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 53. Rock singer-musician Dave Dederer is 49. Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 48. Actor Guy Pearce is 46. Actress Josie Bissett is 43.
Singer-actress Heather Headley is 39. Pop-rock singer Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) is 39. Rock musician Brian Mashburn (Save Ferris) is 38. Actress Parminder Nagra (pahr-MIHN'-da NAH'grah) is 38. Actor Scott Weinger is 38. Actress Kate Winslet is 38. Rock musician James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 35. Rock musician Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte) is 33. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 30. TV personality Nicky Hilton is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brooke Valentine is 28. Actor Joshua Logan Moore is 19.