Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2014. There are 314 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 20, 1944, during World War II, U.S. strategic bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Federal Bureau of Investigation was one of the 24 various careers recently at a career day held for eighth graders at the Towanda Area Middle and St. Agnes School.

The Bradford County Museum is currently renovating its room dedicated to Boy Scout and Girl Scout memorabilia. Structural changes received a real boost recently with the mounting of the uniform murals created by local artist, Bonnie Baker.

Cafeteria workers at the Wysox Elementary School were serving up something extra on Friday, when the students had invited their parents as guests for the noon time meal.

50 years ago - 1964

Towanda residents are requested by the Fire Department to clean out the snow from around the hydrant nearest their home.

The employees of the Towanda Plant of E.I. duPont de Nemours and Co. Inc. have been given an award by their Board of Directors for outstanding safety performance.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1862, William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, died at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.

In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded "idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons" from being admitted to the United States.

In 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal Prohibition.

In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury's Friendship 7 spacecraft.

In 1971, the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered U.S. radio and TV stations off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.

In 1987, a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright.

In 1999, movie reviewer Gene Siskel died at a hospital outside Chicago at age 53.

In 2003, a fire sparked by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert by the group Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others.

Ten years ago: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop same-sex weddings in San Francisco. (The next month, the California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco.)

Five years ago: President Barack Obama warned a gathering of mayors at the White House that he would "call them out" if they wasted the money from his massive economic stimulus plan.

One year ago: The Obama administration announced a broad new effort to fight the growing theft of American trade secrets following fresh evidence linking cyberstealing to China's military.

Today's Birthdays: Gloria Vanderbilt is 90. Actor Sidney Poitier is 87. Actor Peter Strauss is 67. Rock singer-musician-producer Walter Becker (Steely Dan) is 64. Actor James Wilby is 56. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg is 55. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley is 51. Model Cindy Crawford is 48. Singer Brian Littrell is 39. Actor Jake Richardson is 29. Singer Rihanna is 26.

Thought for Today: "I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development." - Alice Roosevelt Longworth, former first daughter (born 1884, died this date in 1980).