Today is Wednesday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2014. There are 308 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 26, 1904, the United States and Panama proclaimed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to undertake efforts to build a ship canal across the Panama isthmus.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

The East Smithfield Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 119, took a trip to Ad Graphics in Milan recently, to help the girls achieve their prints to graphics badge.

A exhibit of "Just Trees and Birds" to be held at the Maple Festival at the Troy Fairgrounds.

50 years ago - 1964

The 48th anniversary of the founding of Waverly Lodge No. 1490, Loyal Order of Moose, to be observed with a banquet at the Moose home.

Rome Cub Scouts and their families enjoyed their annual Blue and Gold banquet recently at the Rome Methodist Hall with 90 people in attendance.

Judith Ann Burkhart, daughter of Mrs. Carol Burkhart and a junior at Waverly Area High School has been named as winner of the 1963-64 Bradford County NEPH Employment of the Physically Handicapped Essay Contest.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba.

In 1945, authorities ordered a midnight curfew at night clubs, bars and other places of entertainment across the nation.

In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

In 1962, after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, astronaut John Glenn told a joint meeting of Congress, "Exploration and the pursuit of knowledge have always paid dividends in the long run."

In 1984, the last U.S. Marines deployed to Beirut as part of an international peacekeeping force withdrew from the Lebanese capital.

In 1987, the Tower Commission, which had probed the Iran-Contra affair, issued its report, which rebuked President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.

In 1993, a truck bomb built by terrorists exploded in the parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

In 1994, a jury in San Antonio acquitted eleven followers of David Koresh of murder, rejecting claims they'd ambushed federal agents; five were convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

In 2012, in a case that drew national attention, Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he'd acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman was subsequently acquitted of second-degree murder.)

Ten years ago: Two church-sanctioned studies documenting sex abuse by U.S. Roman Catholic clergy said that about four percent of clerics had been accused of molesting minors since 1950 and blamed bishops' "moral laxity" in disciplining offenders for letting the problem worsen.

Five years ago: The Pentagon, reversing an 18-year-old policy, said it would allow some media coverage of returning war dead, with family approval.

One year ago: A hot air balloon burst into flames during a sunrise flight over the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and then plummeted 1,000 feet to earth, killing 19 tourists (one tourist and the balloon's pilot survived).

Today's Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 86. Singer Mitch Ryder is 69. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 64. Singer Michael Bolton is 61. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 39. Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 35. Pop singer Nate Ruess (roos) (fun.) is 32. Actress Taylor Dooley is 21.

Thought for Today: "One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas." - Victor Hugo (1802-1885).