Glancing Backward, Sept. 8, 2013
Today is Sunday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2013. There are 114 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On September 8, 1943, during World War II, Gen. Dwight E. Eisenhower announced Italy's surrender; Nazi Germany denounced Italy's decision as a cowardly act.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Decisions to allow a bank in a residential area and build townhouses in a single family-zoned area were handed down in Sayre.
At their weekly business meeting, the Bradford County Commissioners authorized signing of a right-of-way with North Penn Gas Company to install a three-quarter-inch service line to the structure formerly in use as a satellite fire station.
Agnes Simonds celebrated her 82nd birthday and made a new friend as part of a pet therapy seminar at the Hospitality House in the North Towanda Senior Citizens Building.
75 years ago - 1938
About 400 people from 11 different stated attended the Flower Show sponsored by the grange on Spring Hill.
The largest enrollment to date at Troy High School was recorded as 530 students started school.
St. Agnes parochial school opened for the 1938-39 term with an increase of 10 in enrollment from the previous year.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1565, a Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Fla.
In 1761, Britain's King George III married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz just a few hours after meeting her for the first time.
In 1892, an early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance," written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in "The Youth's Companion."
In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 people.
In 1913, the Victor Herbert operetta "Sweethearts" opened on Broadway.
In 1921, Margaret Gorman, 16, of Washington, D.C., was crowned the first "Miss America" in Atlantic City, N.J.
In 1935, Sen. Huey P. Long, D-La., was shot and mortally wounded inside the Louisiana State Capitol; he died two days later. (The assailant was identified as Dr. Carl Weiss, who was gunned down by Long's bodyguards.)
In 1941, the 900-day Siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.
In 1951, a peace treaty with Japan was signed by 49 nations in San Francisco.
In 1988, two nuclear-missile rocket motors were destroyed at an army ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas; they were the first U.S. weapons to be eliminated under an arms reduction treaty with the Soviet Union.
In 1994, a USAir Boeing 737 crashed into a ravine as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board.
Ten years ago: The Recording Industry Association of America, the music industry's largest trade group, filed 261 copyright lawsuits across the country against Internet users for trading songs online. Nazi-era filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (LEH'-nee REEF'-en-stahl) died in Poecking, Germany, at age 101.
One year ago: Strong storms pummeled the East Coast, spawning a pair of tornadoes in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, while temperatures at Washington Dulles International Airport plunged 25 degrees in one hour, falling from 89 degrees to 64. A suicide bomber struck near NATO headquarters in Kabul, killing at least six Afghan civilians in an attack that officials blamed on the Haqqani network.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian Sid Caesar is 91. Ventriloquist Willie Tyler is 73. Musician Will Lee ("Late Show with David Letterman") is 61. Actor Thomas Kretschmann is 51. Actor David Arquette is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Pink is 34.