Today is Saturday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2014. There are 319 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 15, 1764, the site of present-day St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Richard E. Snell, announced recently that he is seeking the position of Mayor of Towanda.
The Design Committee of Towanda's Main Street Project has awarded additional matching design grants for improvements to properties located in the Central Business District.
50 years ago - 1964
O'Brien Inn all-seasons motel of 24 units will officially open with its three floors over looking what has been called "the most beautiful scenery in the northern hemisphere."
Wysox Volunteer Fire Company has purchased a 1961 Chevrolet chassis water tanker truck, with a capacity of 1300 gallons, which is two times the carrying capacity of the tank truck the company has been using.
The youngsters of the Knapp School of Music, under the direction of John Williams, will perform for the patients of the Bradford County Home in Burlington.
75 years ago - 1939
The Girl Guards of Towanda had a Valentine's party at the home of Major and Mrs. Stark on Western Ave. Valentine's were exchanged and games were played.
Towanda Lions met at the Universalist Church recently with Dr. S.B. Black presiding, Bruce Search leading the singing and James Chaffee at the piano. Thomas P. Miller was the speaker for the evening, talking on "Ham" radio.
The Monroeton Junior Band will give its annual winter entertainment at the Monroeton Community Hall with proceeds to go toward buying additional equipment for the band.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1564, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa.
In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.
In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.
In 1944, Allied bombers destroyed the monastery atop Monte Cassino (MAWN'-tay kah-SEE'-noh) in Italy.
In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to the World Championships in Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.
In 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.
In 1971, Britain and Ireland "decimalised" their currencies, making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240 pence.
In 1982, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.
In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
In 1994, just as his trial was about to start, drifter Danny Harold Rolling pleaded guilty to the 1990 murders of five college students in Gainesville, Fla. (Rolling was executed in Oct. 2006.)
Ten years ago: A pair of blazes in China killed at least 93 people. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier.
Five years ago: President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez) of Venezuela won a referendum to eliminate term limits, paving the way for him to run again in 2012. The Western Conference beat the East 146-119 in the NBA All-Star game. Matt Kenseth won the rain-shortened Daytona 500.
One year ago: With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across Russia's western Siberian sky and exploded, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows. In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., and his wife, Sandra, agreed to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses.
Today's Birthdays: Songwriter Brian Holland is 73. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 70. Actress Jane Seymour is 63. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening (GREE'-ning) is 60. Model Janice Dickinson is 59. Actress Renee O'Connor is 43. Actress Sarah Wynter is 41. Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken is 41. Rock singer Brandon Boyd (Incubus) is 38. Rock musician Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) is 38. Actress Ashley Lyn Cafagna is 31. Blues-rock musician Gary Clark Jr. is 30. Actress Amber Riley (TV: "Glee") is 28.
Thought for Today: "We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly and angrily." - Celeste Holm, American actress (1917-2012).