2017-04-20 / Local

Glancing Backward, April 20, 2017

Today is Thursday, April 20, the 110th day of 2017. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On April 20, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Wooley v. Maynard, ruled 6-3 that car owners could refuse to display state mottoes on license plates, such as New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die.” The Woody Allen comedy “Annie Hall,” co-starring Diane Keaton in the title role, went into general release.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago — 1992

Robbie Beers of Myersburg caught a 16-inch trout in the Millstone Creek on Saturday, the opening day of the season.

Jimmie Axline, Ann O’Keefe and JeJe Shaw, all of Towanda, recently were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, national honor fraternity, at Keystone Junior College.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Rexford M. Hibbard, a 1975 graduate of Athens Area High School, recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS America.

50 years ago — 1967

Eugene Buffington of Towanda was recently honored by officials of A&P upon completion of 25 years’ service with the nation’s leading food chain.

1966 Orwell Township personal and property taxes must be paid by April 25. Will be at my home to receive taxes daily. J.L. Yeagle, tax collector, RD 1, Rome.

An open house will be held at the home of Mrs. Howard Turner of Athens on Sunday to honor Cameron Gowin on his 90th birthday.

75 years ago — 1942

The St. Agnes High School Prom will be held May 6. David Sweeney, the senior class president, is honorary chairman.

Aaron D. Bates, son of Joseph C. Bates of LeRaysville, has been transferred from Camp Croft following completion of his training. His new post is Fort Benning, Ga.

Private sale: carload of horses at hotel barn, Wyalusing; 20 head real good horses consisting of several real heavy teams. James T. Healey.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and caused a blow-out that began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. (The well was finally capped nearly three months later, on July 15.)

Ten years ago: The family of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh), who shot and killed 32 people and himself, told The Associated Press they felt “hopeless, helpless and lost,” and “never could have envisioned that he was capable of so much violence.”

Five years ago: A judge ruled that George Zimmerman could be released on $150,000 bail while he awaited trial on a charge of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a Feb. 2012 confrontation in a Sanford, Florida gated community. (Zimmerman was acquitted.)

One year ago: Five former New Orleans police officers pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Today’s Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 97. Actor George Takei is 80. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band) is 69. Actress Jessica Lange is 68. Actor Crispin Glover is 53. Actor Andy Serkis is 53. Actress Carmen Electra is 45. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 45. Actor Joey Lawrence is 41. Country musician Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) is 39.

Thought for Today: “If anyone tells you something strange about the world, something you had never heard before, do not laugh but listen attentively; make him repeat it, make him explain it; no doubt there is something there worth taking hold of.” — Georges Duhamel, French author (1884-1966).

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