Today is Monday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2014. There are 338 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 27, 1944, during World War II, the Soviet Union announced the complete end of the deadly German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for more than two years.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Wysox Pack #50 has had a busy fall and winter with activities that includes a trip to the Wysox Fire Company, Fall Cub-O-Ree, collecting food for a needy family, a hoagie sale, marble tournament and a Christmas party.

Members of the Towanda Women's Club have volunteered 4602 hours to the community.

A new member of the Troy Fine Arts Council, Janice McConnell, will be displaying paintings at the First Bank of Troy during the month of February.

50 years ago - 1964

The 5th Annual Polar Bear expedition to Camp Brule was held recently with approximately 600 boys and adults showing in a sea of mud and show.

Towanda Aerie of Eagles is making plans for many activities for the month of February.

75 years ago - 1939

Twenty eight members and three guests were present at a luncheon meeting of the Canton Rotary Club held at the Packard Hotel.

Dr. E. J. Perry, dairy specialist at Rutgers University, to address a gathering of Bradford County Dairymen in the Court House.

Bradford County's new Planning and Zoning Commission was formally organized in the law library of the courthouse.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.

In 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.

In 1888, the National Geographic Society was incorporated in Washington, D.C.

In 1943, some 50 bombers struck Wilhelmshaven in the first all-American air raid against Germany during World War II.

In 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

In 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft. More than 60 nations signed a treaty banning the orbiting of nuclear weapons.

In 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.

In 1984, singer Michael Jackson suffered serious burns to his scalp when pyrotechnics set his hair on fire during the filming of a Pepsi-Cola TV commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Ten years ago: A jury in New York heard opening arguments in the trial of Martha Stewart, who was accused of lying about a stock sale (she was convicted in March 2004 and sentenced to five months in prison).

Five years ago: Saying, "The American people expect action," President Barack Obama held closed-door meetings with House and Senate Republicans on the eve of a key vote on an economic stimulus package. Ervin Lupoe of Wilmington, Calif., fatally shot himself a day after killing his wife Ana, their 8-year-old daughter and two sets of twins, 2-year-old boys and 5-year-old girls, after faxing a note to a TV station saying the couple had just been fired from their hospital jobs.

One year ago: Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil, killing 242 people. The NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in the Pro Bowl. The CIA thriller "Argo" won top honor for overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards; Jennifer Lawrence won leading actress for "Silver Linings Playbook" while Daniel Day-Lewis won leading actor for "Lincoln."

Today's Birthdays: Actor James Cromwell is 74. Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 69. Chief U.S. Justice John Roberts is 59. Country singer Cheryl White is 59. Actress Mimi Rogers is 58. Rock musician Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 57. Political commentator Keith Olbermann is 55. Rock musician Gillian Gilbert is 53. Actress Bridget Fonda is 50. Actor Alan Cumming is 49. Rock singer Mike Patton is 46. Rapper Tricky is 46. Rock musician Michael Kulas (James) is 45. Actor Josh Randall is 42. Country singer Kevin Denney is 38.

Thought for Today: "Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow." - Gamaliel Bailey, American abolitionist (1807-1859).