Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2014. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 16, 1944, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower formally assumed command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

State Police at Dushore released a report recently indicating that several persons were victimized in the stabbings that allegedly took place at the McKeown home on Middle Road in the village of Shunk, Sullivan County.

'One More Tyme" is the theme of the upcoming minstrel show being performed in Towanda and is a benefit for the Rainbow Riders Inc.

At a recent meeting of Northern Council No. 24, Royal and Select Master Masons, David F. Fortney of Towanda was presented the Sovereign College Service Award.

50 years ago - 1964

The Waverly Village Board voted unanimously to purchase a new fire truck and to pay for it with a $26,000 with a five year bond issue.

The Northeastern Branch of the Odd Fellows Welfare Bureau of Pennsylvania to hold monthly meeting.

Due to storms recently many people in Wysox and Asylum Townships were unable to pick up their surplus foods.

75 years ago - 1939

The January meeting of the Durell School P.T.A. was held at the school house recently and was well attended.

Dr. George F. Carling of Sayre was re-elected president of the Shepard Hills Country Club at the Annual Meeting.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1547, Ivan IV of Russia (popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible") was crowned Czar.

In 1920, Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)

In 1935, fugitive gangster Fred Barker and his mother, Kate "Ma" Barker, were killed in a shootout with the FBI at Lake Weir, Fla.

In 1969, two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.

In 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in space.

In 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

Ten years ago: Pop star Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty to child molestation charges during a court appearance in Santa Maria, Calif.; the judge scolded Jackson for being 21 minutes late. (Jackson was eventually acquitted.)

Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama made a pitch for his massive economic stimulus plan at a factory in Bedford Heights, Ohio, saying his proposal would make smart investments in the country's future and create solid jobs in up-and-coming industries.

One year ago: Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Today's Birthdays: Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 79. Singer Barbara Lynn is 72. Movie director John Carpenter is 66. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 52. Model Kate Moss is 40. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 33. NFL quarterback Joe Flacco is 29. Actress Yvonne Zima is 25.

Thought for Today: "Goodwill is the only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy." - Marshall Field, department store founder (1834-1906).