Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2014. There are 342 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South Dakota became the 38th state to endorse it.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Almost 200 people came to the Troy veterans club to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Troy Lions recently.

Beginning the first weekend in February, the Keystone Theatre will present "Something for Everyone," which includes various musical performances geared to satisfy all musical tastes.

Scott Bacon of Towanda is a member of the 28 member concert choir at Elizabethtown College that will give 12 public concerts this spring.

50 years ago - 1964

At the annual meeting of the Towanda Public Library, the trustees were informed that the circulation during 1963 totaled 20,700, or an increase of 2,522 over 1962.

Dean Bedford of Canton and Glenn Ford of Orwell were presented plaques by the Bradford-Sullivan Counties' Bankers Association for excellence in carrying out soil conservation and practices in Bradford County.

Cub Pack No. 5 of Towanda was re-registered for the coming year at a meeting held recently.

75 years ago - 1939

Members of the Salvation Army staff were guests at the Methodist Church service recently, Commandant Lillian Williams, retired, read the Scripture and led in prayer.

"True Americanism and How Best to Achieve It," is the subject of this year's national essay contest sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.

In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called "Lame Duck Amendment," was ratified as Missouri approved it.

In 1937, 17 people went on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin's "Great Purge." (All were convicted of conspiracy; all but four were executed.)

In 1944, Norwegian painter Edvard Munch ("The Scream") died near Oslo at age 80.

In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe (BATH'-ih-skahf) Trieste carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet.

In 1964, Arthur Miller's play "After the Fall," widely regarded as a thinly-disguised account of Miller's failed marriage to Marilyn Monroe, opened in New York.

In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)

In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, and would be formally signed four days later in Paris.

In 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Figueres, Spain, at age 84.

Ten years ago: The Illinois Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row. The enduring situation comedy "Friends" filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience. Bob Keeshan, TV's "Captain Kangaroo," died in Windsor, Vt., at age 76.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama quietly ended the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that performed abortions or provided information on the option. New York Gov. David Paterson chose Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEHR'-sten JIL'-uh-brand) to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

One year ago: Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders to Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Jeanne Moreau is 86. Actress Chita Rivera is 81. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 80. Actor Gil Gerard is 71. Actor Rutger Hauer is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 70. Singer Anita Pointer is 66. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 64. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 61. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 57. Singer Anita Baker is 56. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 55. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 50. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 40. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 39. Christian rock musician Nick DePartee (Kutless) is 29. Singer-actress Rachel Crow is 16.

Thought for Today: "What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it." - Salvador Dali (1904-1989).