Today is Sunday, April 27, the 117th day of 2014. There are 248 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 27, 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

A Super Secretary - that's the designation that was bestowed on Connie McEwen as a result of her nomination by her employer Wyalusing attorney Leslie Wizelman, and her judging as the best entry in this local contest.

Jerry Renzo and Debbie Bennett, employees of the Ben Franklin Store, are among those who support the Towanda Business Association's (TBA) spruce up campaign being held in conjunction with the borough's spring clean up.

Theresa Murphy spoke recently about her experience as an exchange student in Japan at a meeting of the Towanda Rotary Club.

50 years ago - 1964

Sayre Fire Department was presented with a bronze and walnut plaque by the Susquehanna Valley Humane Society for their outstanding service.

Crowning of the queen will highlight the 15th annual May Festival in the East Smithfield, Ridgebury, Ulster High School auditorium.

Kay Campbell, head of the science department of Towanda High School and four of those teaching in the department with him have received National Science Foundation fellowships for advanced study.

75 years ago - 1939

Seven Boy Scouts of the Central Bradford District will be among 35 who will represent General Sullivan Council at the New York World's Fair.

Miss Charlotte Taylor received the Golden Eaglet award recently. Charlotte is a Girl Scout. The Golden Eaglet is the highest award that a girl can receive.

One of the highlights in the Wyalusing seniors' recent trip to Washington was their visit with Congressman Rutherford.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1805, during the First Barbary War, an American-led force of Marines and mercenaries captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.

In 1941, German forces occupied Athens during World War II.

Ten years ago: Iraqi police moved into the streets of the besieged city of Fallujah following hours of pounding of Sunni insurgents by U.S. warplanes and artillery.

Five years ago: General Motors announced plans to cut 21,000 hourly jobs and scrap the Pontiac brand.

One year ago: North Korea announced that Kenneth Bae, an American missionary detained for nearly six months, was being tried in the Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government (Bae was later sentenced to 15 years of hard labor).

Today's Birthdays: Actress Sally Hawkins is 38. Rock singer-musician Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) is 30. Pop singer Nick Noonan (Karmin) is 28. Actor William Moseley is 27. Singer Allison Iraheta is 22.

Thought for Today: "For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while." - Luther Burbank, American horticulturist (1849-1926).