2017-02-17 / Local

Glancing Backward, Feb. 17, 2017

Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 17, 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting in Russian to the Soviet Union.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago — 1992

Fiddler Pat Kane will appear at the Third Thursday Coffeehouse on Feb. 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Athens.

A caller said she saw a huge flock of geese resting in John Sullivan’s corn field in Macedonia on Tuesday.

Troy wrestler Randy Gilliland recently notched his 100th career win.

50 years ago — 1967

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Burgess of Wyalusing entertained at a birthday party for Mrs. Alice Jackson on Feb. 11.

Dr. John B. Schamel, health officer of Waverly, has stated that several cases of scarlet fever have been reported.

Maud Parks, 72, of Athens RD 1 suffered a fracture to the left collarbone Thursday when she fell at home.

75 years ago — 1942

Hundreds of Bradford Countians, from boys of 20 to men of 44, flocked yesterday to the various registration points set up by the county’s two Selective Service Boards to sign up for possible combat service.

Carroll Gould, who is employed in Elmira, was in Powell over the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Etta Gerould.

In Potterville, Clair VanWinkle is assisting Hewlett Corbin with his work and attending Orwell High School.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1815, the United States and Britain exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.

In 1863, the International Red Cross was founded in Geneva.

In 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting in Washington.

In 1913, the Armory Show, a landmark modern art exhibit, opened in New York City.

In 1925, the first issue of The New Yorker magazine (bearing the cover date of Feb. 21) was published.

In 1933, Newsweek magazine was first published under the title “News-Week.”

In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces invaded Eniwetok Atoll, encountering little initial resistance from Imperial Japanese troops. (The Americans secured the atoll less than a week later.)

In 1959, the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellite which carried meteorological equipment.

In 1964, the Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed the White House with his wife, Pat, on a historic trip to China.

In 1986, Johnson & Johnson announced it would no longer sell over-the-counter medications in capsule form, following the death of a woman who had taken a cyanide-laced Tylenol capsule.

In 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue,” winning a six-game match in Philadelphia (however, Kasparov lost to Deep Blue in a rematch in 1997).

Ten years ago: Senate Republicans foiled a Democratic bid to repudiate President George W. Bush’s deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops to Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad. At Camp Pendleton, California, Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington was sentenced to 8 years in military prison for his role in the kidnapping and killing of an Iraqi civilian (he was released early in Aug. 2007).

Five years ago: Congress voted to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and to renew unemployment benefits for millions more.

One year ago: A three-way feud among the GOP’s leading White House contenders escalated, with Ted Cruz daring Donald Trump to sue him for defamation and dismissing Marco Rubio’s charges of dishonesty during a CNN forum just days before South Carolina’s high-stakes primary. Travis Hittson, a former Navy crewman, was executed in Georgia for killing a fellow sailor, Conway Utterbeck. A jury in Los Angeles acquitted an Ohio man of stalking actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Today’s Birthdays: Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 81. Actress Rene Russo is 63. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 55. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 54. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 54. Movie director Michael Bay is 53. Actress Denise Richards is 46. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 45. Actor Jason Ritter is 37. TV personality Paris Hilton is 36. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 36. TV host Daphne Oz (TV: “The Chew”) is 31. Actor Chord Overstreet is 28. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 26. Actress Meaghan Martin is 25. Actress Sasha Pieterse is 21.

Thought for Today: “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” — Tom Stoppard, Czech-born British playwright (1937- ).

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