Today is Friday, April 4, the 94th day of 2014. There are 271 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming he'd been the victim of a setup.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

The Sayre Borough Council unanimously authorized the advertising of the Robert Packer Hospital's request for a zoning variance for a hangar facility for the hospital's air ambulance service.

Mayor Daniel Leary took over the reins at the Waverly Village Board's re-organizational meeting recently, juggling some responsibilities for trustees and adding some new ones.

The Bradford/Sullivan Counties Junior Miss Association has received notification that the solicitation for funds for Pennsylvania's Junior Miss will begin in the near future.

50 years ago - 1964

One hundred and eight pints of blood were taken from 110 donors at the Methodist Church by the Red Cross Bloodmobile recently.

Oscar Bradley of Ulster was presented with a 40 year pin testifying to his term of membership in Valley Forge I.O.O.F. No. 446.

The results of the recently held Heart Fund Drive in Towanda Borough showed a total of $874.03 collected by solicitors.

75 years ago - 1939

Fifteen young men from communities in Bradford County and the immediate vicinity left recently for the CCC Camp at New Cumberland, Pa.

Newman E. Benson, sheriff of Bradford County recently announced his candidacy for the office of county commissioner subject to the rules of the Republican Party at the primaries.

Towanda High School students were agreeably surprised recently by being called to the auditorium for a program to be presented by the Denison University glee club.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.

In 1933, the Navy airship USS Akron crashed in severe weather off the New Jersey coast with the loss of 73 lives.

In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati.

In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crash-landed shortly after takeoff from Saigon.

Ten years ago: Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr (mook-TAH'-duh ehl SAH'-dur), an anti-American cleric, rioted in four Iraqi cities, killing dozens of Iraqis, eight U.S. troops and a Salvadoran soldier.

Five years ago: A gunman killed three Pittsburgh police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call; Richard Poplawski was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

One year ago: At least 72 people were killed in the collapse of an eight-story residential building being constructed illegally near Mumbai, India's financial capital.

Today's Birthdays: Recording executive Clive Davis is 82. Actor Craig T. Nelson is 70. Actor Hugo Weaving is 54. Rock musician Craig Adams (The Cult) is 52. Actor David Cross is 50. Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 49. Magician David Blaine is 41. Actress Jamie Lynn Spears is 23.

Thought for Today: "The only sure thing about luck is that it will change." - Bret Harte, American author and journalist (1836-1902).