Glancing Backward, Sept. 17, 2013
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2013. There are 105 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 17, 1862, more than 3,600 men were killed, many more wounded, captured or left missing, in the Civil War Battle of Antietam (an-TEE'-tum) in Maryland; although the battle itself proved inconclusive, it effectively halted the Confederates' advance into Maryland.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
The restored stained glass windows at the Universalist Church of Towanda were dedicated in the memory of Joshua E. Marsden, a devoted member of the congregation and generous supporter of the church.
A large turn out of parents and children were on hand for an open house held at the Canton Elementary School.
Members of the La Fuerza Tug-of-War team based in New Albany received approximately $1,600 from the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, New Albany Borough Council and the New Albany Volunteer Fire Department for world competition.
50 years ago - 1963
The Auxiliary of the Towanda Fraternal Order of Eagles convened with good attendance.
Bradford County entries won 25 places in the District 82 4-H Horse and Pony Show held at the John Vass Stables at Dalton.
Mrs. Ruth Brennan of Towanda was installed as president of Tioga, Potter and Bradford County Council of the American Legion Auxiliary in Blossburg.
75 years ago - 1938
Towanda Aerie No. 1367, Fraternal Order of Eagles, initiated a class of 23 candidates.
Mrs. Violet Jackson, proprietress of the "Blue Moon" in North Towanda, was awarded a $50 cash prize in a national egg advertising contest.
According to a list of teachers submitted to the County Superintendent J. Andrew Morrow, there were 41 instructors in the grade and high schools of Athens borough.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
In 1911, Calbraith P. Rodgers set off from Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., aboard a Wright biplane in an attempt to become the first flier to travel the width of the United States. (The 49-day journey required 69 stops before ending in Pasadena, Calif.)
In 1937, the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln's head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore.
In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.
In 1962, U.S. space officials announced the selection of nine new astronauts, including Neil A. Armstrong, who became the first man to step onto the moon.
In 1971, citing health reasons, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, 85, retired. (Black, who was succeeded by Lewis F. Powell Jr., died eight days after making his announcement.)
In 1972, the Korean War comedy-drama "M-A-S-H" premiered on CBS.
In 1986, the Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist to become the 16th chief justice of the United States.
In 1987, the city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the U.S. Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic document.
Today's Birthdays: Actor David Huddleston is 83. Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni is 70. Comedian Rita Rudner is 60. Muppeteer Kevin Clash (former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street") is 53. Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) is 43. Rock musician Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) is 34. Rock musician Jon Walker is 28.