Glancing Backward, Sept. 24, 2013
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2013. There are 98 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 24, 1976, former hostage Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery in San Francisco carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst was released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President Jimmy Carter.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week was observed nationwide to honor volunteers from various rescue crews and ambulance serices, according to Lee Tappan, president of the Sayre Fire Department Ambulance Corps.
John Shenfield, Andy Weig and Stuart Shangraw were photographed working on their basketball game in Athens; they decided the weather was warm enough to practice.
A 90th birthday celebration was held for William Morgan at Endless Winds Fire Hall in Shunk.
50 years ago - 1963
Bradford-Sullivan counties annual Teachers' Institute opened at Canton High School.
Bradford County Shrine Club went all out for fun at a gathering at the American Legion Home in Towanda.
The Towanda Area Joint Operating Committee, with 16 members present, discussed and approved a number of issues at the regular monthly meeting.
75 years ago - 1938
Mrs. Minnie Monroe was elected superintendent of the Luthers Mills Sunday School Board.
Percy W. Foote, Commissioner of State Motor Police for Pennsylvania, was the speaker at the regular weekly meeting of Towanda Rotary Club.
The first meeting of the Towanda Musical Society for the 1938-39 season was held.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1789, Congress passed a Judiciary Act, which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.
In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic known as Black Friday after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.
In 1929, Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY-2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.
In 1948, Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally," pleaded not guilty in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason. Gillars, later convicted, ended up serving 12 years in prison.
In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver.
In 1963, the U.S. Senate ratified a treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union limiting nuclear testing.
In 1969, the trial of the "Chicago Eight" (later seven) began. Five of the defendants were later convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, but the convictions were ultimately overturned.
In 1991, kidnappers in Lebanon freed British hostage Jack Mann after holding him captive for more than two years. Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel (GY'-zul), better known as Dr. Seuss, died in La Jolla, Calif., at age 87.
Today's Birthdays: Actor-singer Herb Jeffries is 102. Actress Sheila MacRae is 92. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sonny Turner (The Platters) is 74. Actor Gordon Clapp is 65. Songwriter Holly Knight is 57. Singer-musician Marty Cintron (No Mercy) is 42. Olympic gold medal gymnast Paul Hamm (hahm) is 31. Actor Kyle Sullivan is 25.