2017-04-19 / Local

Glancing Backward, April 19, 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2017. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On April 19, 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (at that time, a men-only event) under an official number by registering without mentioning her gender; by her own estimate, she finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes. (Bobbi Gibb, running unofficially for the second time, finished in 3:27:17.) Former West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer died at age 91.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago — 1992

Ed Woodruff and Howard Colwell were recognized for their long-time participation in Scouting at the recent recognition dinner sponsored by the Sayre and Towanda Elks.

The kindergarten and preschool classes at the Barclay Friends School, in North Towanda, recently enjoyed a Passover celebration. Mrs. Sue Portnoff presented the program to the students.

Janice Bump, an operator in the materials analysis laboratory, has been selected the March Employee of the Month at GTE.

50 years ago — 1967

Kay Kring, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kring of Sheshequin and a Mansfield student, spent last weekend in Milroy, Pa., attending the Fifth Intercollegiate Spring Conference, sponsored by the Methodist Student Movement of Pennsylvania and United Campus Christian Fellowship.

The Welcome Wagon Club will meet today at the home of Mrs. Martin Maier of Towanda. Speaker will be Lewis Capaldi, who will talk about the new Vo-Tech School.

Pfc. Philip Fox has been promoted to Specialist 4th Class, his mother, Mrs. Cleone Foote of Silvara, has been notified. He is a 1965 graduate of Northeast Bradford.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

In 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held; winner John J. McDermott ran the course in two hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.

In 1935, the Universal Pictures horror film “Bride of Frankenstein,” starring Boris Karloff with Elsa Lanchester in the title role, had its world premiere in San Francisco.

In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle against Nazi forces.

In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Harry S. Truman, bade farewell in an address to Congress in which he quoted a line from a ballad: “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”

In 1966, Bobbi Gibb, 23, became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon at a time when only men were allowed to participate.

In 1977, the Supreme Court, in Ingraham v. Wright, ruled 5-4 that even severe spanking of schoolchildren by faculty members did not violate the Eighth Amendment ban against cruel and unusual punishment.

In 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean.

In 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people, including sect leader David Koresh, were killed.

In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.

In 1997, two pizza deliverymen, Giorgio Gallara and Jeremy Giordano, were shot to death outside an abandoned house in Franklin, N.J.; two teenagers, Thomas Koskovich and Jayson Vreeland, were later convicted of what prosecutors called a thrill killing and were sentenced to life in prison.

In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected pope in the first conclave of the new millennium; he took the name Benedict XVI.

Ten years ago: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a bleak assessment of Iraq, saying the war was “lost,” triggering an angry backlash by Republicans. A jury in Selmer, Tenn., convicted Mary Winkler of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her preacher-husband, Matthew.

Five years ago: Republicans rammed an election-year, $46 billion tax cut for most of America’s employers through the House, ignoring a veto threat from President Barack Obama. India announced the successful test launch of a new nuclear-capable missile.

One year ago: Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to resounding victories in New York’s primary. Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered a valedictory speech to the Communist Party that he put in power a half-century ago, telling party members he was nearing the end of his life and exhorting them to help his ideas survive.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Elinor Donahue is 80. Actor Tim Curry is 71. Actor Tony Plana is 65. Motorsports Hall of Famer Al Unser Jr. is 55. Actor Tom Wood is 54. Actress Ashley Judd is 49. Actress Jennifer Esposito is 45. Actress Jennifer Taylor is 45. Actor James Franco is 39. Actress Kate Hudson is 38. Actor Hayden Christensen is 36. Actress-comedian Ali Wong (TV: “American Housewife”) is 35. Actress Kelen Coleman is 33. Actor Zack Conroy is 32. Roots rock musician Steve Johnson (Alabama Shakes) is 32. Actor Courtland Mead is 30. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 30.

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