Glancing Backward, Sept. 11, 2013
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2013. There are 111 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 11, 2001, America faced its worst day of terrorism. Nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners. Two planes smashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; one plowed into the Pentagon; and the fourth was crashed into a field in western Pennsylvania.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Sayre Borough was scheduled for two new developments near the downtown area, a parking lot and an industrial access road.
A dedication ceremony was held by the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, which honored contributors in the "Endless Amounts of Caring" Building Fund Campaign.
Towanda After 5 Club met with a Back To School Fashion Show planned.
50 years ago - 1963
Towanda Borough School Board at its regular meeting voted to sign a lease with James Gorman for use of Gorman's Pond on Bridge Street by the Recreation Board.
The Herrickville Volunteer Fire Company sponsored a pancake supper at the fire hall in Herrickville.
Total enrollment at the Bradford County schools in the 1963-64 term was 15,129.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1777, during the American Revolution, forces under Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British in the Battle of Brandywine.
n 1922, the British Mandate for Palestine went into effect.
In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) began operation as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator.
In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
In 1962, The Beatles completed their first single for EMI, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in London.
In 1972, the troubled Munich Summer Olympics ended. Northern California's Bay Area Rapid Transit system began operations.
In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende (ah-YEN'-day) died during a violent military coup.
In 1989, the exodus of East German refugees from Hungary to West Germany began.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Betsy Drake is 90. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, is 89. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 70. Sports reporter Lesley Visser is 60. Singer-songwriter Diane Warren is 57. Blogger Markos Moulitsas is 42. Country singer Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) is 32. Actress Mackenzie Aladjem is 12.