- The area was mourning the death of two miners killed in a gas explosion at the Maple Mill Colliery near Shenandoah. The nation was mourning the death of the first man to fly, Orville Wright, who had died in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 76. And the world was mourning slain Indian leader Mohandas Ghandi, whose body was committed to flame in New Delhi.

- The American Communist Party said it could provide Henry Wallace, the maverick candidate for president, with up to nine million votes come November.

- In Washington, D.C., there were indignant denials of a Soviet charge that the United States was quietly turning Iran into a military weapon pointed at the heart of Russia.

- In Shamokin, 97 borough employees signed up with the Teamsters Union. They said they wanted to take jobs - especially those in the street department - out of politics.

- The Jobs For Men Program hit the $208,000 mark with contribution help from F&S Beer to the tune of $5,000 and $4,500 from the West Ward Building and Loan.

- Candy bars in Shamokin were 35 cents a dozen.

- Northumberland County Controller Robert Gibson said the county had a drop of $80,000 in finances the year before because of rising costs of expenses and payrolls.

- Ed Brennan, Democratic chairman in Northumberland County, was in Harrisburg for the state committee meeting, and the Democrats were expected to back Harry Truman for President.