Today is Thursday, May 1, the 121st day of 2014. There are 244 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 1, 1898, Commodore George Dewey gave the command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Nearly 300 people had gathered recently at the Keystone Inn, South Waverly for the second annual Bachelor's Auction Against Cancer.

Mary Louise Sullivan, received the member of the year award from North Towanda Fire Company Vice President Allen Blanchard at the North Towanda Fire and Rescue Volunteer Banquet.

Students at North Rome Christian School recently participated in Pizza Hut's "Book It," program. They won a free pizza party and certificates.

50 years ago - 1964

Two Wyalusing young women took their first parachute jumps from an airplane recently, then they participated in a demonstration presented by the Endless Mountains Sports Parachute Club at the Towanda Airport. They were Barbara Allen and Patt Button with instructor George "Hoppi" Kershner, founder of the club.

The Liberty Corners Grange recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The Wyalusing Valley Chapter of American Field Service announced that Miss Kay Harris, was one of its local candidates for the Americans Abroad Program.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.

In 1786, Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna.

In 1931, New York's 102-story Empire State Building was dedicated.

In 1941, the Orson Welles motion picture "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

In 1961, the first U.S. airline hijacking took place as Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, a Miami electrician, commandeered a National Airlines plane that was en route to Key West, Fla., and forced the pilot to fly to Cuba.

In 1963, James W. Whittaker became the first American to conquer Mount Everest as he and Sherpa guide Nawang Gombu reached the summit.

In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, a visibly shaken Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, pleading, "Can we all get along?"

Ten years ago: Attackers stormed the offices of Houston-based ABB Lummus Global Inc. in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, killing six Westerners and a Saudi; all four attackers were killed after an hour-long police chase in which they dragged the body of an American from the bumper of their car.

Five years ago: Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement effective at the end of the court's term in late June. (President Barack Obama chose federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to succeed him.)

One year ago: Workers around the world united in anger during May Day rallies - from fury in Europe over austerity measures that cut wages, reduced benefits and eliminated many jobs altogether, to rage in Asia over relentlessly low pay, the rising cost of living and hideous working conditions.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Tim McGraw is 47. Rock musician Johnny Colt is 46. Rock musician D'Arcy is 46. Movie director Wes Anderson is 45. Actress Julie Benz is 42. Actor Bailey Chase is 42. Country singer Cory Morrow is 42. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) is 40. Actor Darius McCrary is 38. Actor Jamie Dornan (Film: "Fifty Shades of Grey") is 32. Actress Kerry Bishe is 30.

Thought for Today: "By indignities men come to dignities." - Francis Bacon, English philosopher (1561-1626).