Today is Thursday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2014. There are 321 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 13, 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, also known as ASCAP, was founded in New York to protect the copyrights of creators and ensure compensation for public performances of their works.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

More than 70 cross country skiers entered the Sylvania Lions Club Cross Country Ski Race recently. They found enough snow in Sylvania for both the 5K and 10K races.

Kathy Jones, Bradford County Unit Director and Phylllis Shaffer, Crusade Chairman, have announced that Sandra D. Crain of Sayre has been named as chairman of the American Cancer Society's second annual bachelor auction to be held at Namet's Keystone Inn.

50 years ago - 1964

William Scott Shaw of Monroeton announced his candidacy for the office of State Senator for the 23rd district of Pennsylvania.

A most intriguing array of 19th century patent medicines and cosmetics from Porter's Drug Store is on exhibit in the display case at the Towanda Public Library.

During the February meeting of Canton Village Improvement Association, funds earmarked for upkeep of Minnequa Springs Park were discussed and several money raising suggestions considered.

75 years ago - 1939

Towanda Aerie Fraternal Order of Eagles held a big initiation recently with 38 in the class taken into the lodge.

SS. Peter and Paul Church in Towanda is draped in mourning both over the entrance and one the altars, because of the death of Pope Pius XI.

The Sheshequin and Ulster Dairymen's League held their annual Oyster Supper recently in the Sheshequin Grange with about 30, including members and their families, in attendance.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.

In 1920, the League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.

In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, trying to calm a political storm, ordered the release of his Vietnam-era military records to counter Democrats' suggestions that he'd shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard.

Five years ago: A $787 billion stimulus bill aimed at easing the worst economic crisis in decades cleared both houses of Congress.

One year ago: Beginning a long farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Today's Birthdays: Singer-musician Peter Tork (The Monkees) is 72. Talk show host Jerry Springer is 70. Actor Matt Salinger is 54. Rock musician Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is 42. Singer Robbie Williams is 40.

Thought for Today: "To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have." - Theodore H. White, American political writer (1915-1986).