Today is Friday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2014. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 14, 1924, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. of New York was formally renamed International Business Machines Corp., or IBM.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Towanda Area School District has revised the existing smoking policy in compliance with the Fire Panic Act. The policy states "Smoking" and/or Tobacco use, including the use of any form of tobacco, by students is forbidden in school buildings, on buses and on school property.
At a recent meeting the Wyalusing School Board approved three-year plans for teachers' salaries and members of the administration.
The "One More Tyme' Star Spangled Minstrel Show will be held at the Towanda Middle School, sponsored by the Towanda Elks Lodge #2191.
50 years ago - 1964
Four men from the Towanda Presbyterian Church are attending the New York Area meeting of United Presbyterian Men, being held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York City.
The Board of Supervisors of North Towanda Township has reduced its township tax rate of seven mills to six mills for 1964.
Each year the Junior class of Towanda High School holds a drive for the American Field Service to raise money to bring a foreign exchange student to the school.
75 years ago - 1939
Burgess C.S. Lilley is collecting for the borough what will be a highly valuable group of pictures, photographs of former Burgesses of Towanda, which will be placed in a large frame to be hung in the police headquarters at the borough hall.
The Board of Review for Troop Two, Towanda Boy Scouts, met recently and conferred first class awards on Evan Rosencrans and David Snell.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Stars and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.
In 1895, Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James's Theatre in London.
In 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.
In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
Ten years ago: Guerrillas overwhelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and freeing dozens of prisoners. Twenty-eight people were killed when the glass-and-concrete roof of an indoor water park in Moscow collapsed.
Five years ago: Savoring his first big victory in Congress, President Barack Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to celebrate the just-passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill as a "major milestone on our road to recovery."
One year ago: Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged with murdering his girlfriend at his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the "Blade Runner" for his high-tech artificial legs.
Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 80. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 66. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 54. Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) is 48. Actor Simon Pegg is 44. Rock musician Kevin Baldes (Lit) is 42. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 42. Actor Matt Barr is 30. Actor Freddie Highmore is 22.
Thought for Today: "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Jack Benny (born this date in 1894, died in 1974).