Today is Wednesday, April 30, the 120th day of 2014. There are 245 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office in New York as the first president of the United States.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Rain showers and chilly temperatures didn't stop a sizeable crowd for the opening of the Eighth Annual Endless Mountains Maple Festival recently.

The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Eve Edsell has been named a United States National Award winner in Mathematics.

One of the highlights of the Towanda Franklin Engine Company's annual banquet held at the Monroeton Social Hall was the presentation of the Fireman of the Year award to Williams Manville, who received this surprise recognition from Art Johnson.

50 years ago - 1964

Towanda Lions Club recently initiated five members and honored four members who have belonged to the club for over 25 years.

The regular monthly meeting of the Rome Cub Pack 42 was held recently with awards being presented to the Cubs.

Elsewhere on this date:

In A.D. 311, shortly before his death, Roman Emperor Galerius issued his Edict of Toleration ending persecution of Christians.

In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for 60 million francs, the equivalent of about $15 million.

In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.

In 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis' five-year-old son, Joseph Evan Davis, died in a fall at the Confederate White House in Richmond, Va.

In 1900, engineer John Luther "Casey" Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a train wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in a successful effort to save the passengers.

In 1939, the New York World's Fair officially opened with a ceremony that included an address by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1945, as Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.

In 1958, the American Association of Retired Persons (later simply AARP) was founded in Washington, D.C., by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.

In 1968, New York City police forcibly removed student demonstrators occupying five buildings at Columbia University.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced the resignations of top aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean, who was actually fired.

In 1988, Gen. Manuel Noriega, waving a machete, vowed at a rally to keep fighting U.S. efforts to oust him as Panama's military ruler.

In 1993, top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany, by a man who described himself as a fan of second-ranked German player Steffi Graf. (The man, convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, was given a suspended sentence.)

Ten years ago: Arabs expressed outrage at graphic photographs of naked Iraqi prisoners being humiliated by U.S. military police; President George W. Bush condemned the mistreatment of prisoners, saying "that's not the way we do things in America." On ABC's "Nightline," Ted Koppel read aloud the names of 721 U.S. servicemen and women killed in the Iraq war (the Sinclair Broadcast Group refused to air the program on seven ABC stations).

Five years ago: Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection; the federal government pledged up to $8 billion in additional aid and to back warranties.

One year ago: President Barack Obama said he wanted more information about chemical weapons use in the Syrian civil war before deciding on escalating U.S. military or diplomatic responses, despite earlier assertions that use of such weapons would be a "game-changer."

Today's Birthdays: Singer Willie Nelson is 81. Actor Burt Young is 74. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 53. Rock singer J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) is 47. Rapper Turbo B (Snap) is 47. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 43. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Akon is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 41. Actor Johnny Galecki is 39. Singer-musician Cole Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 38. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 32. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 32. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 30. Actress Dianna Agron is 28.

Thought for Today: "In America, getting on in the world means getting out of the world we have known before." - Ellery Sedgwick, American editor (1872-1960).