The Time Machine for Monday, September 16, 2013: Back in 1961
- In Pottsville, a trial which ultimately attracted national attention was set to begin. It had every element of soap opera in it. The home of a wealthy Pottsville coal baron, John Rich, had been robbed of valuables and cash amounting to nearly $500,000. Officials were convinced the entire project had been set up by a former chorus girl who was now a Philadelphia night club owner. Her name was Lillian Reis. Two of the figures accused in the crime had been shot to death, gangland style, at the Jersey shore.
- Gov. David Lawrence signed a bill in Harrisburg which would raise the state's minimum wage to $1 an hour.
- The governor also presided over a highly successful fundraiser in Harrisburg. He was a Democrat and it was unusual in those days for that party to have a $100-a-plate function, but this one had a close connection to President John F. Kennedy, so more than 2,000 people showed up at the Zembo mosque. The star speaker was the president's younger brother, Ted Kennedy, who showed up so late that virtually all of the party faithful had gone home.
- The commonwealth announced there would be six air pollution hearings scheduled across Pennsylvania: two in the hard coal region, one in Pottsville, the other in Wilkes-Barre. The main subject was to be control of culm bank fires. State Health Department Secretary Charles Wilbar said there were more than 600 culm piles in the hard and soft coal regions with more than 400,000,000 tons of coal refuse.
- New York Yankee Roger Maris was on the verge of breaking Babe Ruth's season record of 60 home runs. Maris would hit 61, but not in the 154 games in which Ruth hit his 60.
- In the Philadelphia area, near Bristol, a pregnant woman went into labor. An ambulance came and headed west for the city hospital. Along the way, a baby was born. The medic knew the drama wasn't over and he also knew traffic was too heavy to make it to the hospital, so the driver turned around and headed across the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge for a hospital in Palmyra, N.J. As soon as they crossed the bridge, a second baby was born. So there you have a case of twins - one born in Pennsylvania, the other in New Jersey.