Today is Friday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2014. There are 327 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 7, 1964, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they cracked wise during a chaotic press conference while thousands of their fans were jammed inside the terminal.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Representatives from Hunt Engineers of Corning presented a progress update on the upcoming Wyalusing Water Project to members at the Council meeting recently.

Canton Area Cub Scouts learned the ins and outs of clothing labels recently on a tour of the American Silk Label play in Troy.

The Bradford County Unit of the American Cancer Society sponsored Daffodil Day recently.

Towanda Borough Council recently adopted a budget for 1989 calling for estimated expenditures totaling around $45,000 and then set the tax rate for the borough the same as last year.

50 years ago - 1964

Information given by Gustav S. VonWolffradt, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, through Mrs. Eunice Kier, surplus food clerk in the commissioner's office, reveals that 7500 persons in Bradford County will be supplied with surplus food during the next week.

Ninth annual Pre-Cana series of marriage preparation courses will commence at St. Agnes School in Towanda.

"The Varsity Show" Marywood College in Scranton will present "The Women's World of William Shakespeare." Margaret Frawley, of Towanda will appear as Katherine in "Taming of the Shrew."

75 years ago - 1939

Members of the local troop of Explorer Scouts recently made a tour of inspection at the gas plant and electric light plant here of the Northern Pennsylvania Power Co.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1795, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with states' sovereign immunity, was ratified.

In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England.

In 1857, a French court acquitted author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized novel "Madame Bovary."

In 1904, a fire began in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings.

In 1914, Keystone Film Co. released the silent short comedy "Kid Auto Races at Venice," Charles Chaplin's second film, and the first in which he plays the Little Tramp.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.

In 1944, Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records in Los Angeles.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.

In 1974, the island nation of Grenada won independence from Britain.

In 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk, which lasted nearly six hours.

Ten years ago: John Kerry won the Washington state and Michigan Democratic presidential primaries.

Five years ago: A miles-wide section of ice in Lake Erie broke away from the Ohio shoreline, trapping about 135 fishermen, some for as long as four hours before they could be rescued (one man fell into the water and later died of an apparent heart attack). Walls of flame roared across southeastern Australia, leveling scores of homes, forests and farmland in the country's worst wildfire disaster in a quarter century. Bolivia's new constitution took effect.

One year ago: CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Today's Birthdays: Author Gay Talese is 82. Actor Miguel Ferrer is 59. Reggae musician Brian Travers (UB40) is 55. Comedy writer Robert Smigel (SMY'-guhl) is 54. Actor James Spader is 54. Country singer Garth Brooks is 52. Rock musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi) is 52. Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard is 52. Actor-comedian Chris Rock is 49. Actor Jason Gedrick is 47. Rock singer-musician Wes Borland is 39. Rock musician Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket) is 36. Actor Ashton Kutcher is 36. Actress Deborah Ann Woll (TV: "True Blood") is 29.

Thought for Today: "Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live." - Gustave Flaubert, French author (1821-1880).