Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 24, 1916, some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin. (The rising was put down by British forces almost a week later.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Members of the Forscht Chapter of the National Honor Society at Wyalusing High School inducted 12 new members into the organization at a recent ceremony held at the high school.

At its recent meeting, the Towanda based Bradford County Municipal Airport Authority voted to become a working authority effective May 8.

Hundreds of participating spectators crowded into the Wyalusing Borough Park recently for an afternoon of fun and anticipation, and to contribute to the fund drive for the Wyalusing Elementary School Playground.

50 years ago - 1964

A total of 118 pints of blood from 142 donors was collected by the Red Cross Bloodmobile recently at the LeRaysville Community Hall.

Courtenay B. Dodge of New Albany was among eight sophomore students at Juniata College who have been selected to take a year of undergraduate study in Europe.

75 years ago - 1939

Members of the Liberty Corners Epworth League met at the home of Marie Elliott with a good turn out and there was a discussion on plans for an 80th anniversary program.

Although most elementary typing students write around 30-35 words a minute on a 15 minute test, this year's classes at Towanda High School has had some outstanding records.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1792, the national anthem of France, "La Marseillaise" (lah mahr-say-YEHZ'), was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

In 1800, Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States. (The United States responded in kind the next day.)

In 1913, the 792-foot Woolworth Building, at that time the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened in Manhattan as President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button at the White House to signal the lighting of the towering structure.

In 1915, what's regarded as the start of the Armenian genocide began as the Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople.

In 1932, in the Free State of Prussia, the Nazi Party gained a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections.

In 1953, British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1970, the People's Republic of China launched its first satellite, which kept transmitting a song, "The East Is Red."

In 1974, comedian Bud Abbott, 78, died in Woodland Hills, Calif.

In 1980, the United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.

In 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

Ten years ago: A U.N. plan to reunify the war-divided island of Cyprus collapsed when Greek Cypriots rejected the proposal in one referendum and Turkish Cypriots endorsed it in another.

Five years ago: Mexico shut down schools, museums, libraries and state-run theaters across its overcrowded capital in hopes of containing a deadly swine flu outbreak. Back-to-back suicide bombers struck near a Shiite shrine in Baghdad, killing 71.

One year ago: In Bangladesh, a shoddily constructed eight-story commercial building housing garment factories collapsed, killing at least 1,129 people.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Shirley MacLaine is 80. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 72. Rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 69. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 50. Actor Djimon Hounsou (JEYE'-mihn OHN'-soo) is 50. Rock musician Brian Marshall (Creed; Alter Bridge) is 41. Country singer Danny Gokey is 34. Actor Austin Nichols is 34. Contemporary Christian musician Jasen Rauch (Red) is 33. Singer Kelly Clarkson is 32. Rock singer-musician Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) is 30. Actor Doc Shaw is 22.

Thought for Today: "Never practice what you preach. If you're going to practice it, why preach it?" - Lincoln Steffens, American journalist-reformer (1866-1936).