Today is Sunday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2014. There are 325 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS. The G.I. Joe action figure was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Erica Durgin and Laura Goldberg of Athens High School have been selected to attend the All-Eastern Orchestra and Chorus Conference in Boston.

One of the actions approved at Wednesday's business meeting of the Bradford County Commissioners was the naming of the membership of the newly formed Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority Committee.

The Keystone Theater on Main St. in Towanda, in the process of being transformed into a Regional Center for the Performing Arts was the topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Towanda Rotary Club.

75 years ago - 1939

Motorists driving down York Avenue are asked to proceed cautiously in order not to spatter pedestrians with the water and mud hurried out by the wheels of their cars since the snow has started to melt.

First semester perfect attendance records are headed by the seventh grade at Wyalusing with a record consisting of nine pupils who haven't been absent or late.

Towanda Post No. 42, American Legion, reports it was "over the top" in membership.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Ala.

In 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.

In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists.

In 1971, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in California's San Fernando Valley claimed 65 lives.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush and Democratic front-runner John Kerry sparred over the president's economic leadership, while Kerry's rivals sought to slow his brisk pace. Anti-government rebels took control of nearly a dozen towns in western Haiti as the death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40.

Five years ago: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs, telling ESPN he'd used banned substances while with the Texas Rangers for three years. Lindsey Vonn won the downhill for her second gold at the World Championships in Val D'isere, France, becoming the second American woman (after Andrea Mead Lawrence) to win two golds at a worlds. Playwright Robert Anderson ("Tea and Sympathy") died in New York at age 91.

One year ago: Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, packed the funeral service for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed Jan. 29 as she stood with friends at a neighborhood park about a mile from President Barack Obama's Chicago home in the Kenwood neighborhood.

Today's Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Carole King is 72. Actor Joe Pesci is 71. Actress Mia Farrow is 69. Jazz musician Steve Wilson is 53. Country singer Travis Tritt is 51. Actress Julie Warner is 49. Country singer Danni Leigh is 44. Actor Jason George is 42. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 38. Rock singer Chad Wolf (Carolina Liar) is 38. Actor A.J. Buckley is 37. Rock musician Richard On (O.A.R.) is 35. Actor Michael B. Jordan is 27. Actress Marina Malota is 26. Actress Camille Winbush is 24. Actor Jimmy Bennett is 18.

Thought for Today: "What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." - Havelock Ellis, English psychologist (1859-1939).