Today is Friday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2014. There are 313 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 21, 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Guthrie Medical Center officials met with Sayre Borough Council for the second time to discuss the placement of a hangar facility for the RPH air ambulance.

At the request of the Troy Fire Department, Troy Borough Council banned parking on the west side of Center Street at their meeting recently.

Jeannette Davis will represent Northeast Bradford High School at Regional Band to be held at Mansfield University.

50 years ago - 1964

Camptown Civic Club enjoyed a program by Mrs. Henry Sturdevant introduced as program chairman.

The Singing Sergeants, official USAF Chorus, which recently presented a concert in the Canton High School Auditorium has been acclaimed one of today's leading choral groups in more than 45 countries.

75 years ago - 1939

The preliminaries for the annual county speaking contest were held in Towanda recently. Twenty-three took part representing 12 schools.

The February meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary was held recently at the home of Mrs. Ida Aten. There were 20 members present.

Fed by the melting snow of the past few days, The Susquehanna River here was at flood stage recently with every indication that before the crest is reached, the depth will approach the 20 foot mark.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1862, Nathaniel Gordon became the first and only American slave-trader to be executed under the U.S. Piracy Law of 1820 as he was hanged in New York.

In 1925, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.

In 1945, during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk by kamikazes with the loss of 318 men.

In 1947, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.

In 1994, Aldrich Ames, a former head of Soviet counterintelligence for the CIA, and his wife, Maria del Rosario Casas Ames, were arrested on charges of spying for the former Soviet Union and later Russia. (Ames is serving a life prison term; his wife was released after serving four years of a five-year conspiracy sentence.)

Ten years ago: International Red Cross workers visited Saddam Hussein, who was in U.S. custody in Iraq, checking his health and allowing him to write a note to his family.

Five years ago: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul to discuss the ongoing American strategic review of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

One year ago: Drew Peterson, the Chicago-area police officer who'd gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Alan Rickman is 68. Rock musician Eric Wilson is 44. Rock musician Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 41. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 35. Singer Charlotte Church is 28. Actress Ashley Greene is 27. Actress Ellen Page is 27. Actor Corbin Bleu is 25.

Thought for Today: "In scandal, as in robbery, the receiver is always as bad as the thief." - Lord Chesterfield, English author and statesman (1694-1773).