Time Machine for Wednesday, January 16, 2013: Back in 1948
- President Harry Truman was worried about reports of border incidents near the 38th Parallel in Korea, which was divided into a northern Soviet zone and a southern American zone.
- In New Delhi, India, Mahatma Ghandi was on a hunger strike protesting Muslim-Hundu strife. Doctors said he could last another 36 hours.
- In Coal Township, there was a political hassle. Charles Heath, vice president of the board of education, wanted to quit. Heath was a Republican and said he wanted to serve only on a board controlled by Republicans. No bipartisan stuff for him, he said. Heath made a motion and couldn't get enough votes on the board to resign.
- In Schuylkill County, the big news was that former Republican County Chairman "Big Joe" Bruno was getting out of prison, his life sentence commuted by Gov. Jim Duff. Bruno had spent 12 years in jail for murder in the Kelayres Massacre of 1934. In that affair, Democrats supporting George Earle for governor (he won that race) marched on the Bruno homestead in an excess of political enthusiasm. The incident ended in tragedy. The Bruno family shouted warnings, which went unheeded. Shots were fired. Five of the marchers were killed, and 12 were wounded.
- In Shamokin, services were held at Trinity United Evangelical Church honoring 10 Shamokin firemen who had died in the line of duty the year before.
- Advertisements touted the Kaiser Frazer Cars at Dornbach Motors on Market Street.