Today is Saturday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2020. There are 320 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 15, 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago — 1995
The Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a charity ball, “Springtime of the Valley” March 18 at the Guthrie Inn.
Video King will open stores in Wysox and Towanda in March.
Around the Area: Leo Lambert of Dushore helping a woman cross West Main Street there on Monday. Chivalry isn’t dead!
75 years ago — 1945
Miss Alice Hollister, first-grade teacher in the Third Ward School, Towanda, fractured her right arm above the elbow Tuesday when she slipped and fell near the school.
Mr. and Mrs. John Selleck of Sayre called on Alice Carpenter of Franklindale on Sunday.
Mrs. Bertha Temple of Silvara is visiting her sister in Elmira.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1564, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa.
In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.
In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.
In 1952, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s King George VI, who had died nine days earlier.
In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier.
In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accepted blame for accidentally shooting a hunting companion, calling it “one of the worst days of my life,” but was defiantly unapologetic in a Fox News Channel interview about not publicly disclosing the incident until the next day.
In 2007, National Guardsmen in Humvees ferried food, fuel and baby supplies to hundreds of motorists stranded for nearly a day on a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 78 in eastern Pennsylvania because of a monster storm.
Ten years ago: Eighteen people were killed when two trains collided south of Brussels, Belgium. At the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Didier Defago of Switzerland won the gold in the Olympic downhill and American Bode (BOH’-dee) Miller took the bronze. American Seth Wescott defended his Olympic title, overtaking Canada’s Mike Robertson to win the gold medal in men’s snowboardcross.
Five years ago: A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christian hostages was released by militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points to lead the Western Conference to a 163-158 win over the East in the NBA All-Star Game. Foreign correspondent and news executive Arnaud de Borchgrave, 88, died in Washington.
One year ago: In a move to secure more money for his border wall, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers. (Congress voted to block the emergency declaration, but Trump vetoed that measure.) Socialite Lee Radziwill, a stylish jet-setter who was the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy, died at the age of 85. Gary Martin, a 15-year employee who was being fired from a suburban Chicago manufacturing company, opened fire on co-workers, killing five of them and wounding five police officers before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Claire Bloom is 89. Author Susan Brownmiller is 85. Songwriter Brian Holland is 79. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 76. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 76. Actress-model Marisa Berenson is 73. Actress Jane Seymour is 69. Singer Melissa Manchester is 69. “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening (GREE’-ning) is 66. Actor-comedian Steven Michael Quezada is 57. Rock musician Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool) is 49. Actress-director Miranda July is 46. Rock singer/guitarist Adam Granduciel (The War on Drugs) is 41. Actress Ashley Lyn Cafagna is 37. Actress Amber Riley is 34. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion is 25. Actor Zach Gordon is 22.
Thought for Today: “Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.” — Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher (1905-1980).
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