Today is Saturday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2014. There are 326 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 8, 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station, consisting of Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue and Edward Gibson, returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. (Skylab remained in orbit another five years before plunging to its destruction in 1979.)
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Tammy Holmes, a member of a Team World Outreach Program presented the program at the recent meeting of the Canton Village Improvement Association.
In order to reduce major traffic tie ups, the Department of Transportation will perform road way crack sealing operations on Main St. in Towanda.
50 years ago - 1964
Wysox Township supervisors announced recently that a township administrative decision was made at their regular meeting to reduce the millage from five to four mills on property values.
Founder's Day Program theme of the LeRoy Parent Teacher's Association reorganized both the work of the Association, and the LeRoy and Tri County units.
75 years ago - 1939
Standing Stone Grange met to initiate two new members in the first and second degree. The grangers also presented a short Valentine program.
The directors of the national bank of Wyalusing honored Martin R. Stalford recently at a dinner in the Hotel Middendorf in observance of his 39th anniversary with the bank.
Purchase of 4,785 acres of land in 10 counties including Sullivan County, for game refuges and public hunting was announced recently by the State Game Commission.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King George VI.
In 1968, three college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush denied marching America into war against Iraq under false pretenses and said in a taped interview broadcast on NBC's "Meet the Press" the U.S.-led invasion was necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nuclear weapon.
Five years ago: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won five Grammys, including album of the year, for "Raising Sand."
One year ago: A massive storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions began sweeping through the Northeast, dumping nearly 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to more than a half a million customers.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Nick Nolte is 73. Author John Grisham is 59. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 53. Actor Seth Green is 40. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 29. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 24.
Thought for Today: "Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year." - Franklin P. Adams, American journalist (1881-1960).