Today is Tuesday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2014. There are 309 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became the world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. (The victory was scored as a technical knockout when an injured Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
The Sayre Borough Council received a recreation grant for $25,000 from the state for a softball field and a running track.
An excellent response to the recent Red Cross Bloodmobile sponsored by the Sayre Elks resulted in 117 units, 17 over the target goal.
Pvt. Timothy H. Bomboy, son of Graydon T. Bomboy of Wyalusing has completed training at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga.
50 years ago - 1964
The sixth grade students of New Albany recently took a field trip through the New Albany post office and library.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a patriotic and educational organization founded in 1881 and incorporated by an Act of Congress, will establish a "camp" in Bradford County.
At a picnic dinner attended by over 100 Masons and members of Eastern Star, held recently at the Masonic Club, Charles W. Rolison of Troy was honored for 35 years of service to the organization.
75 years ago - 1939
Work has been resumed on the construction of the highway between Wysox and East Towanda after being held up for more than two months.
The girls of the Towanda High School Rife Club held a bake sale to raise enough money to buy a rifle or two for their club.
Unable to longer endure the struggle for existence in the "wilds" of New Albany, a female mink, escaped from her pen at the Magee Mink Ranch and returned voluntarily seven weeks later.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
In 1901, United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.
In 1922, French serial killer Henri Landru, convicted of murdering 10 women and the son of one of them, was executed in Versailles (vehr-SY').
In 1943, Allied troops reoccupied the Kasserine Pass after clashing with German troops during World War II.
In 1964, Eastern Airlines Flight 304, a DC-8, crashed shortly after taking off from New Orleans International Airport, killing all 58 people on board.
In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
In 1994, American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before he was beaten to death by worshippers.
Ten years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Locke v. Davey, ruled states didn't have to underwrite the religious training of students planning careers in the ministry. The Mel Gibson film "The Passion of the Christ" opened in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand on Ash Wednesday.
Five years ago: A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while trying to land at Amsterdam's main airport, but 126 of the people on board survived; nine were killed, including the pilots.
One year ago: A high-stakes civil trial started in New Orleans to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. (Testimony for the first phase of the trial concluded in April 2013; the trial's second phase began and ended in Oct. 2013, with a third phase yet to take place.) Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, 96, died in Hanover, N.H.
Today's Birthdays: Rock musician Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) is 57. Actor Alexis Denisof is 48. Actress Tea (TAY'-ah) Leoni is 48. Comedian Carrot Top is 47. Actor Sean Astin is 43. Singer Daniel Powter is 43. Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 41. Comedian-actress Chelsea Handler is 39. Actress Rashida Jones is 38. Actors Oliver and James Phelps ("Harry Potter" movies) are 28. Rock musician Erik Haager (Carolina Liar) is 27.
Thought for Today: "Open-mindedness is not the same as empty-mindedness. To hang out a sign saying, 'Come right in; there is no one at home' is not the equivalent of hospitality." - John Dewey, American philosopher and educator (1859-1952).