50 years ago
Monday, Dec. 9, 1957
• A diorama of robed boys singing in a church choir, and another depicting the Three Wise Men, were part of the "decorations that have added much to the Christmas spirit in Northumberland," in the King Street Park.
• The Sunbury High School Owls basketball team geared up for an exhibition game against the Purple Demons of Coal Township.
• Now showing, Campus, Lewisburg: "The Tin Star." Strand, Sunbury: "The Tall Stranger."
25 years ago
Thursday, Dec. 9, 1982
• Jerry Wert, 18, of Beaver Springs, was a devoted Penn State football fan with muscular dystrophy who received a poster autographed by the entire team, including Joe Paterno, Todd Blackledge, Curt Warner and Walker B. Ashley Jr.
• Children's illustrator Tasha Tudor spoke to a crowd of about 1,200 at two lectures she gave at the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg.
• Now showing, Campus: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Fox Theatres, Susquehanna Valley Mall: "Tex," "The Empire Strikes Back."
15 years ago
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1992
• Prince Charles and Princess Diana agreed to separate but not to divorce, "confirming years of speculation of a royal romance gone sour."
• Former Bucknell University Coach Bob Odell, Lewisburg, was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
• Matthew Peters, 8; Josh Scholl, 7; and Kristy Heim, 7, were shown stringing popcorn and cranberries for Christmas decorations that could be eaten by birds and animals around Beck Elementary School in Sunbury.
• Now showing, Campus: "Under Siege." Fox: "The Bodyguard," "Dracula."
10 years ago
Monday, Dec. 9, 1997
• An editorial applauded the quick actions of Perry-West Perry Elementary School bus driver Sue DeLong and several students for stopping to help hunter Carl Heintzelman, who had fallen from a tree strand earlier that morning.
• Milton Elementary School students made Christmas ornaments out of recyclable materials, including newspapers, soda cans, Christmas cards and scraps of lace.
• Michael Boyle, of Sunbury, and Pete Risso, of New Berlin, were among a group of Bloomsburg University students to discover the first complete shirt of Roman chain mail armor at an archaelogical site in South Shields, England.
• Now showing, Campus: "The Jackal." Carmike 4, Susquehanna Valley Mall: "Anastasia," "The Rainmaker."
— COMPILED BY CINDY O.
HERMAN/FOR THE DAILY ITEM