Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2014. There are 328 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain's King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Hundreds turn out in Waverly for a benefit held for NASCAR modified race car driver Rod Spalding at Quinlan's Pub.

The Sayre Fire Department Ambulance Corps is proposing a name change, after 30 years under the present name.

50 years ago - 1964

The Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner of General Sullivan Council, Boy Scouts of America was held recently with sixteen Eagles Scouts, their parents and sponsors totaling 75 in all.

Lonnie Frawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Frawley of Towanda and a senior at Scranton University, has been chosen for recognition in the 1963-1964 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

Over 550 persons attended the 19th annual meeting of the Eastern Bradford Artificial Breeding Cooperative at the Rome Fire Hall.

75 years ago - 1939

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Smith of Monroeton was the scene of a birthday party for Mrs. Jack Fry of South Towanda. One of the surprises for Mrs. Fry was the presentation to her by her husband of the wedding ring she lost 15 years ago which he found.

Three Bradford County persons received degrees at the annual midyear commencement of the Pennsylvania State College, Robert Merrill of Troy, George Owen Bird of Smithfield and Dennis A. Waver of South Waverly.

An open meeting of the Leroy Clark Post of the American Legion was held at the Legion Hall. There were six present to enjoy the program and the buffet luncheon.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called "lame duck" amendment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.

In 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.

In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq's weapons. (In a scathing 600-page report released in March 2005, the commission called the spy community "dead wrong on almost all of its prewar judgments" about Iraqi weaponry.) A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people.

Five years ago: Key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan.

One year ago: The U.S. Postal Service proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, an announcement that immediately drew protests from some lawmakers. At least nine people were killed by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced that Monopoly fans had voted online to add a cat token to the board game, replacing the iron.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97. Actor Rip Torn is 83. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 83. Actor Mike Farrell is 75. Singer Fabian is 71. Actor Michael Tucker is 70. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 65. Singer Natalie Cole is 64. Actor Jon Walmsley is 58. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 57. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 52. Singer Rick Astley is 48. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 45. Actor Brandon Hammond is 30.

Thought for Today: "The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself." - Andre Malraux, French author (1901-1976).