Today is Sunday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2014. There are 339 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 26, 1784, in a letter to his daughter Sarah (also called "Sally"), Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the bald eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey, calling it "a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

By a unanimous vote, the Bradford County Commissioners voted to accept Executone's low base bid of $49,805 for a new courthouse phone system.

Bradford County Commissioners are extending the deadline for acceptance of applications for sewage connection grants from low and moderate income residents of Wysox Township.

Clyde Bresee of Athens has been appointed to the board of the Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC). He will be representing the Valley area.

75 years ago - 1939

A large crowd enjoyed the Russian Night program held recently at the Towanda High School.

The records of the Bradford County Graves Registration Commission show that 43 war veterans have been buried in the Hornbrook Cemetery, of that number, 36 fought in the Civil War, four in the War of 1812 and three in the Revolutionary War.

E. W. Gaylord of Towanda has found among his possessions a copy of the Bradford Argus dated Jan. 26, 1839, which gives many sidelights on life in the county seat 100 years ago.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.

In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.

In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.

In 1934, the 125th Street Apollo Theater opened in New York City's Harlem district.

In 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to go to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.

In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon - but the probe ended up missing its target by more than 22,000 miles.

In 1988, Australians celebrated the 200th anniversary of their country as a grand parade of tall ships re-enacted the voyage of the first European settlers.

Ten years ago: The Bush administration retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; Democrats swiftly sought to turn the about-face into an election-year issue.

Five years ago: The impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) opened in Springfield, with Blagojevich refusing to take part, saying the rules were biased against him.

One year ago: Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims, joined a rally in Washington, D.C. for gun control, marching from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.

Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 79. Singer Jean Knight is 71. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 66. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 59. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 56. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 56. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky is 53. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 44. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 40. NBA player Vince Carter is 37. Actress Sarah Rue is 36. Country musician Michael Martin (Marshall Dyllon) is 31.

Thought for Today: "As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress." - J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (1904-1967).