Today is Thursday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2019. There are 110 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 12, 2001, stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the World Trade Center’s smoking rubble a day after a terrorist attack that shut down the financial capital, badly damaged the Pentagon and left thousands dead. President Bush, branding the attacks in New York and Washington “acts of war,” said “this will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil” and that “good will prevail.”

Glancing Backward Locally:

75 years ago — 1944

Harry Heckman Jr. of Towanda has been given an honorable discharge from the Navy.

Mrs. John Jones of Neath has been informed that her sister, Martha Williams of the Army Nurse Corps, has been promoted to captain.

The young people of North Orwell held a farewell party Thursday for Eva Yeagle and Beryl Boardman. Eva is entering Wyoming Seminary and Beryl is going into nurse’s training.

50 years ago — 1969

The Towanda Lions Club, organized in the fall of 1929 with Attorney Romeyn F. Culver as president, observed its 40th anniversary Tuesday night with Mrs. Culver as the speaker.

Lt. Iver Jones, formerly of LeRaysville, has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his service while the engineer officer of the store ship USS Denebola from June 1966 to April 1969.

M. Graydon McCarty, proprietor of Taylor McCarty & Sons Inc. of Wyalusing, was honored recently by the Buick Motor Division of General Motors for his 50 years of continuous service.

25 years ago — 1994

Bradford Basket Co. of Troy is celebrating its first anniversary.

Don “Champ” Champion was honored yesterday for his 16 years of service as Waverly fire prevention officer.

In Around the Area: Stacy Cotter, daughter of Shamrock Bowling Lanes proprietor Chuck Cotter, being the first female there to bowl in a men’s league.

Bonus: Did you know that on Sept. 12, 45 years ago, Ann and David Sturzen brought a King and King furniture store on Bridge Street in Towanda?

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1846, Elizabeth Barrett secretly married Robert Browning at St. Marylebone Church in London.

In 2003, In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, U.S. forces mistakenly opened fire on vehicles carrying police, killing eight of them.

Ten years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters marched to the U.S. Capitol, showing their disdain for President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

Five years ago: A South African judge found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared the double-amputee Olympian not guilty of murder.

One year ago: CBS News fired top “60 Minutes” executive Jeff Fager, who had been under investigation following reports that he groped women at parties and tolerated an abusive workplace.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Ian Holm is 88. Former U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is 80. Actress Linda Gray is 79. Singer Maria Muldaur is 77. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 68. Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 67. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood is 67. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 67.

Actor Peter Scolari is 64. Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is 63. Actress Rachel Ward is 62. Actress Amy Yasbeck is 57. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 54. Actor Darren E. Burrows is 53. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 53. Actor-comedian Louis (loo-ee) C.K. is 52. Rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) is 51. Golfer Angel Cabrera is 50. Actor-singer Will Chase is 49. Actor Josh Hopkins is 49. Country singer Jennifer Nettles is 45. Actress Lauren Stamile (stuh’-MEE’-lay) is 43. Rapper 2 Chainz is 42. Actress Kelly Jenrette is 41. Actor Ben McKenzie is 41. Singer Ruben Studdard is 41. Basketball Hall of Fame player Yao Ming is 39. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 38. Actor Alfie Allen is 33. Actress Emmy Rossum is 33. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 30. Country singer Kelsea Ballerini is 26. Actor Colin Ford is 23.

Thought for Today: “Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.” — Thornton Wilder, American playwright (1897-1975).

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