Glancing Backward, Sept. 30, 2013
Today is Monday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2013. There are 92 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 30, 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, Calif.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Fred Mills was photographed repainting lines on the helicopter landing pad at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
With the Wysox Narrows on Route 6 under construction, the traffic flow was detoured several different ways, with the heaviest flow being detoured south on State Route 187.
Towanda's Jackie DiMaria was photographed taking time to smell the flowers as the fall weather approached.
50 years ago - 1963
Miss Michelle Coolbaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merwin Coolbaugh of North Towanda, was crowned Homecoming Queen at ceremonies conducted between the halves of the Towanda homecoming football game.
Os-Co-Hu Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held a joint meeting with the Thursday Study Club in the First Presbyterian Church in Troy.
The Wyalusing Local of the Young Co-operators of the Dairymen's League met at the Wyalusing creamery.
75 years ago - 1938
The 97th annual meeting of the North Branch Association of Universalists was held in the Athens Universalist Church on North Street.
The Sullivan County Federation Conference of Women's Clubs was held in the court room at Laporte.
Octogenarians of Smithfield Township, including the village of East Smithfield, attended a dinner.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1777, the Continental Congress -- forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces -- moved to York, Pa.
In 1791, Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria.
In 1809, a treaty was signed by Indiana Territory Gov. William Henry Harrison and representatives of four Indian tribes under which the Indians sold some 3 million acres of land to be used for U.S. settlements.
In 1846, Boston dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time as he extracted an ulcerated tooth from merchant Eben Frost.
In 1938, after co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said, "I believe it is peace for our time."
In 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end.
In 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the Navy.
In 1962, black student James Meredith was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled for classes the next day.
In 1986, the U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Soviets released American journalist Nicholas Daniloff.
In 2001, under threat of U.S. military strikes, Afghanistan's hard-line Taliban rulers said explicitly for the first time that Osama bin Laden was still in the country and that they knew where his hideout was located.
Ten years ago: The FBI began a full-scale criminal investigation into whether White House officials had illegally leaked the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame. Eighteen accused al-Qaida sympathizers were convicted in Belgium's biggest terrorism trial.
Five years ago: Congressional leaders and President George W. Bush rummaged through ideas new and old, desperately seeking to change a dozen House members' votes and pass a multibillion-dollar economic rescue plan. Wall Street regained hope as the Dow industrials rose 485 points. More than 200 people were killed in a stampede of pilgrims at a Hindu temple in Jodhpur, India. J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma, Ala. and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, died in Birmingham at age 77.
Today's Birthdays: Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel (EL'-ee vee-ZEHL') is 85. Actor Len Cariou is 74. Singer Deborah Allen is 60. Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is 53. Actress Jenna Elfman is 42. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu (moh-chee-AH'-noo) is 32. Singer-rapper T-Pain is 29.