Today is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci (vehs-POO'-chee).
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Brian and Karla Cook of Franklindale were excited when they found a bunch of balloons in a pasture in Franklindale recently. The balloons were released earlier that day in Toronto, Ontario. They were released by the Inner City Angels in observance of their 20th anniversary.
Members of the Canton Elementary School, Class of 2000, participated in a tree planting recently, which will commemorate their graduation.
Building Construction students of the Bradford County Area Vo-Tech provided the labor for a new concession building they began for the Veterans Memorial Park in Towanda.
50 years ago - 1964
"Music in TV Time," featuring many of the currently popular television themes, will be presented by the Wyalusing Valley High School Band.
William Voigt Jr., executive director of the interstate advisory commission for the Susquehanna River Basin, was the speaker at the second annual meeting of the Endless Mountains Association.
75 years ago - 1939
A talk by Scout Executive Chester Childs of the General Sullivan Council featured the weekly meeting of Troop 1, Towanda. There were 32 boys in attendance.
The girls of the P.E.C. club have composed a group of modern dances which were presented during the dance fete.
The 4-H Baking Club at Sheshequin gave the program for the Sheshequin open Grange night recently.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.
In 1901, New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile registration bill which imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways.
In 1944, the United Negro College Fund was founded.
In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
In 1964, vandals sawed off the head of the "Little Mermaid" statue in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 1974, the "Carnation Revolution" took place in Portugal as a bloodless military coup toppled the Estado Novo regime.
Ten years ago: Hundreds of thousands of abortion-rights supporters marched in Washington, D.C. to protest Bush administration policies.
Five years ago: In her first trip to Iraq as America's top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to reassure nervous Iraqis that the U.S. wouldn't abandon them, even as she said the American troop withdrawal would stay on schedule.
One year ago: President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners during a memorial service at Baylor University they were not alone in their grief.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 74. Ballroom dance judge Len Goodman (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 70. Rock musician Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 69. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) is 69. Rock musician Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 64. Actor Hank Azaria is 50. Actress Renee Zellweger is 45. Actor Jason Lee is 44. Actress Sara Paxton is 26. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm is 18.
Thought for Today: "There is nothing in the universe that I fear but that I shall not know all my duty, or shall fail to do it." - Mary Lyon, American educator (1797-1849).