2017-04-17 / Local

Glancing Backward, April 17, 2017

Today is Monday, April 17, the 107th day of 2017. There are 258 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 17, 1937, cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” directed by Tex Avery.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago — 1992

Jim Vajda Jr. of Rome RR 2 was chosen Thursday night as the new chairman of the Bradford County Democratic party.

William Schmieg of Sayre and Diane Danko of Canton were recipients of Silver Beaver Awards at the 16th Annual Recognition Dinner sponsored by the Towanda and Sayre Elks.

Tommy Wulff of New Albany was a first-place finisher in the recent Eastern National Middle-Atlantic Wrestling Championships.

50 years ago — 1967

Miss Susan Hoyt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hoyt of New Albany, will represent Wyalusing Valley High School at the 26th annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival at Wellsboro in June.

Pvt. Donald R. Stroud has returned to Fort Dix, N.J., after a short visit home with his mother, Mrs. William Roberts of Towanda RD 4.

Mrs. Harry A. Crumbling of Troy, president of the state Federation of Music Clubs, was a hostess at the opening event of the 34th biennial convention of the National Federation of Music Clubs, which opened Friday in New York City.

75 years ago — 1942

Charles Myron Dunham of New Albany and George Edward Coates of Wysox RD 2 recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at Syracuse.

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Weaver and Gerould Rice of Rome spent Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y.

Joanna Fice of Athens has been elected vice president of the Bloomsburg State Teachers College Community Government Association.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

In 1924, the motion picture studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was founded, the result of a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and the Louis B. Mayer Co.

In 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day.

In 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world.

In 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft while en route to the moon.

In 1972, the Boston Marathon allowed women to compete for the first time; Nina Kuscsik was the first officially recognized women’s champion, with a time of 3:10:26.

Ten years ago: A day after the Virginia Tech massacre, President George W. Bush visited the campus, where he told students and teachers at a somber convocation that the nation was praying for them and “there’s a power in these prayers.” In Rome, a U.S. soldier went on trial in absentia for the shooting death of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari at an Iraqi checkpoint in March 2005. (However, a court later threw out the proceedings against Spc. Mario Lozano, saying Italy had no jurisdiction.) Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart died in New York at age 96.

Five years ago: Riding on the back of a 747 jet, retired space shuttle Discovery traveled from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to Chantilly, Virginia, to be installed in its new home: the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex near Washington Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia. Jamie Moyer, at age 49, became the oldest pitcher ever to win a major league contest as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3.

One year ago: Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, who repeatedly argued that the push against her was a “coup.” (Rousseff was removed the following August.) Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program as Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Clarke Peters is 65. Actor Sean Bean is 58. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is 56. Actor Joel Murray is 55. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan is 53. Actress Lela Rochon is 53. Actor William Mapother is 52. Actress Leslie Bega is 50. Actor Henry Ian Cusick is 50. Actress Kimberly Elise is 50. Singer Liz Phair is 50. Rapper-actor Redman is 47. Actress Jennifer Garner is 45. Country musician Craig Anderson is 44. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham is 43. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 39. Actor Tate Ellington is 38. Actor Nicholas D’Agosto (TV: “Trial & Error”) is 37. Actor Charlie Hofheimer is 36. Actress Rooney Mara is 32. Actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is 30. Actor Paulie Litt is 22. Actress Dee Dee Davis is 21.

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