2017-04-15 / Local

Glancing Backward, April 15, 2017

Today is Saturday, April 15, the 105th day of 2017. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day at Ebbets Field. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago — 1992

At a recent board of directors meeting, Harry Roelands of Durell was presented the 1992 National Community Service Award from the American Association of Retired Persons.

Led by four-time winners Kim Rosenberger and Michelle Keysaw, the Athens girls recently took a pair of track wins over Wellsboro and South Williamsport.

Becky Neufield was named Herald of the Month and Angela Rowe was named Cadet of the Month for March in the Christian Youth Club at the North Rome Wesleyan Church.

50 years ago — 1967

Pvt. Albert E. Pinhas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Pinhas of Towanda, recently was awarded a plaque in an intelligence proficiency test at Ft. Benning, Ga.

Pvt. Dale Hollenback, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hollenback of Luthers Mills, recently graduated from an eight-week basic training course at Ft. Jackson, S.C.. He was awarded the top Physical Combat Training trophy.

Floyd Hitchcock Jr., 15, of Wyalusing RD 2 was treated at the Packer dispensary Friday after being hit in the head with a baseball while playing at Sayre.

75 years ago — 1942

The school directors of Bradford County have re-elected J. Andrew Morrow superintendent of the county’s public school system for a term of four years.

John Lumley, superintendent of Sullivan County Schools for the past four years, was elected for another four-year term by the directors of the county.

A valuable registered stallion owned by Elmer Weed of Mountain Lake died last Saturday.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1817, America’s oldest existing school for the deaf opened in Hartford, Conn.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington.

In 1892, General Electric Co., formed by the merger of the Edison Electric Light Co. and other firms, was incorporated in Schenectady, New York.

In 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic foundered in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less than half as many survived.

In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

In 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States.

In 1989, students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at Tiananmen Square.

In 1997, Jackie Robinson’s number 42 was retired 50 years after he became the first black player in major league baseball.

In 2013, two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260.

Ten years ago: Riot police beat and detained dozens of anti-Kremlin demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a second day of protests against the government of President Vladimir Putin. Brant Parker, the original illustrator of “The Wizard of Id” comic strip, died in Lynchburg, Virginia, at age 86, just days after the passing of the strip’s writer, Johnny Hart.

Five years ago: Six people were killed by a tornado in the Woodward, Oklahoma, area. North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, gave his first public speech since taking power upon death of his father, Kim Jong Il, the previous December, portraying himself as a strong military chief unafraid of foreign powers. Passengers and crew of the cruise ship MS Balmoral said prayers at the spot in the North Atlantic where the Titanic sank 100 years earlier.

One year ago: House Republicans departed Washington, having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget in an embarrassment for House Speaker Paul Ryan. A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, apparently ended in failure.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Roy Clark is 84. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 77. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 74. Actor Michael Tucci is 71. Columnist Heloise is 66. Actor Sam McMurray is 65. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 58. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 50. Rock musician Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) is 49. Actor Flex Alexander is 47. Actor Danny Pino is 43. Country singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton is 39. Actor Luke Evans is 38. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 37. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 35. Actress Alice Braga is 34. Americana singer-songwriter Margo Price is 34. Rock musician De’Mar Hamilton (Plain White T’s) is 33. Actress Samira Wiley (“Orange is the New Black”) is 30. Actress Emma Watson is 27. Actress Maisie Williams is 20.

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