2017-07-13 / Local

Glancing Backward, July 13, 2017

Today is Thursday, July 13, the 194th day of 2017. There are 171 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 13, 1977, a blackout hit New York City in the mid-evening as lightning strikes on electrical equipment caused power to fail; widespread looting broke out. (The electricity was restored about 25 hours later.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

75 years ago — 1942

Ben L’Amoureaux of Towanda suffered a slight brain concussion and severe bruises early yesterday in a bicycle mishap at Wysox.

William B. Harris, 65, of Athens RD 1 is suffering a possible left leg and back fracture after falling 12 feet off a scaffold on his barn.

The Victory Sewers of Spring Hill have chosen Gueida Ruger, Lela Marbaker and Marilyn Fiske to go to Camp Brule on July 13.

50 years ago — 1967

Playing tonight through Tuesday at the Wysox Drive-In: “The Big Mouth,” starring Jerry Lewis.

Mr. and Mrs Kenneth Burlingame and daughter of Hornbrook called on Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hatch in South Waverly on Sunday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon Kinch of West Burlington attended the Lyons reunion at the East Troy school grounds on Fourth of July.

25 years ago — 1992

Alice Saxe and Rose Lenox recently had the low score in Group 1 at the Towanda Country Club’s Monday Night League.

Bill Davidson, placement coordinator for Serve Inc., addressed the Towanda Rotary Club at a recent Monday meeting.

Genevieve Sumner Fuller, Florence Howard Clapper and Neva Homet Schoonover received roses at the annual dinner meeting of Camptown High School. They were members of the class of 1918.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood,” with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to be U.S. Solicitor General; Marshall became the first black jurist appointed to the post. (Two years later, Johnson nominated Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court.)

In 1985, “Live Aid,” an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

In 1999, Angel Maturino Resendiz (ahn-HEHL’ mah-tyoo-REE’-noh reh-SEHN’-deez), suspected of being the “Railroad Killer,” surrendered in El Paso, Texas. (Resendiz was executed in 2006.)

Ten years ago: Former media mogul Conrad Black was convicted in Chicago of swindling the Hollinger International newspaper empire out of millions of dollars. (Black was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison, but had his sentence reduced to three years; he was freed in May 2012.)

Five years ago: His credibility under attack, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney insisted he had “no role whatsoever in the management” of Bain Capital, a private equity firm, after early 1999, and demanded that President Barack Obama apologize for campaign aides who persisted in alleging otherwise.

One year ago: With emotions running raw, President Barack Obama met privately at the White House with elected officials, law enforcement leaders and members of the Black Lives Matter movement with the goal of getting them to work together to curb violence and build trust.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 77. Actor Harrison Ford is 75. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 71. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 60. Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 55. Comedian Tom Kenny is 55. Actor Ken Jeong is 48. Actor Colton Haynes is 29. Actor Steven R. McQueen is 29.

Thought for Today: “Individuality is freedom lived.” — John Dos Passos, American author (1896-1970).

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