Glancing Backward, Sept. 15, 2013
Today is Sunday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2013. There are 107 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 15, 1887, the city of Philadelphia launched a three-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Father Mulhern, pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda, blessed bookbags and lunch boxes of the new kindergarten students at St. Agnes School.
The new playground equipment at the W. R. Croman Elementary School proved to be popular both during and after school hours.
The Towanda Police Department's shooting team took top honors in the Elmer Beers Memorial Pistol Match held at the Sayre pistol range.
75 years ago - 1938
County Treasurer Roy G. C. Jones received a copy of the act passed by the legislature providing for adjournment and readjournment of county treasurer's sales for non-payment of certain taxes.
The regular monthly meeting of the Pennamite Council of Girl Scouts was held at the Girl Scout cabin in Wyalusing.
Rainbow Club members with their wives met with the Men's Club of Spring Hill with about 166 present.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
In 1857, William Howard Taft - who served as president of the United States and as U.S. chief justice - was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1862, Confederate forces captured Harpers Ferry, Va., during the Civil War.
In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship.
In 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses against the Luftwaffe.
In 1942, during World War II, the aircraft carrier USS Wasp was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; the U.S. Navy ended up sinking the badly damaged vessel.
In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul (sohl).
In 1954, as raucous fans looked on, Marilyn Monroe filmed the famous billowing-skirt scene for "The Seven Year Itch" over a Lexington Ave. subway grate in Manhattan (however, little, if any, of the footage ended up in the movie; the scene was later reshot on a Hollywood set).
In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)
Ten years ago: A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted California's recall election, saying it was unacceptable for several counties to use punch-card ballots. (However, a larger panel of eleven judges from the 9th Circuit later ordered the election to go forward.) The WUSA soccer league shut down operations five days before the Women's World Cup, saying it didn't have enough money to stay in business for a fourth season.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Forrest Compton is 88. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 75. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (KAY'-gee) (Night Ranger) is 61. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 52. Actor Josh Charles is 42. Actor Tom Hardy is 36. Britain's Prince Harry is 29.