Glancing Backward, Sept. 25, 2013
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2013. There are 97 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 25, 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
The steering committee for Sayre's centennial held a public meeting to discuss plans for celebrating the borough's 100th anniversary in 1991.
The results of the fourth round of the TELS (Tests of Essential Learning Skills) were released by the state Department of Education showed improved scores among Bradford and Sullivan counties.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission invited all interested persons to participate in National Hunting and Fishing Day activities by taking a vehicle tour of State Game Lands No. 12 in Bradford County.
50 years ago - 1963
Towanda's annual Halloween parade was set for the night of Halloween.
Additional registration dates were scheduled for the new college courses which were being offer in Towanda by the Pennsylvania State University.
The Eagles Auxiliary held its regular meeting with Mary Bailey, the president, presiding.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and sighted the Pacific Ocean.
In 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its first - and last - edition in Boston.
In 1775, American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal. Allen was released by the British in 1778.
In 1904, a New York City police officer ordered a female automobile passenger on Fifth Avenue to stop smoking a cigarette. A male companion was arrested and later fined $2 for "abusing" the officer.
In 1911, ground was broken for Boston's Fenway Park.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a national speaking tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY').
In 1932, the Spanish region of Catalonia received a Charter of Autonomy. However, the charter was revoked by Francisco Franco at the end of the Spanish Civil War.
In 1957, nine black students who'd been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.
In 1962, Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in Round 1 to win the world heavyweight title at Comiskey Park in Chicago. "The Longest Day," 20th Century Fox's epic recreation of the D-Day invasion, based on the book by Cornelius Ryan, had its world premiere in France.
In 1992, the Mars Observer blasted off on a $980 million mission to the Red Planet. The probe disappeared just before entering Martian orbit in August 1993. A judge in Orlando, Fla., ruled in favor of Gregory Kingsley, a 12-year-old seeking to "divorce" his biological parents.
Today's Birthdays: Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters is 84. Actor Robert Walden is 70. Actor Colin Friels is 61. TV personality Keely Shaye Smith is 50. Actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras is 40. Actor Chris Owen is 33. Actress Emmy Clarke ("Monk") is 22.