Today is Sunday, May 11, the 131st day of 2014. There are 234 days left in the year. This is Mother's Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 11, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces launched a major offensive against Axis lines in Italy.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

The Towanda High School band, Band Front and Chorale traveled to Ocean City, Md., recently to participate in Festivals of Music.

Mrs. Lee Ann Wolf's students at the J. Andrew Morrow School, Towanda, learned about Russia, from Bob Zalinski, who participated in a camping program there during the summer.

Towanda American Legion Post 42 presented a $100 contribution to the Towanda Area Clergy Association's Assistance Fund.

50 years ago - 1964

Earl Cole of Ulster won first prize of $50 in the first annual Bradford County Plowing Contest held at the county farm in Burlington.

Thirty eight children took their bicycles to the Towanda high school parking lot recently for inspection and tests in laws as well as skills in riding.

Miss Ruth Raker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miles Raker of East Smithfield, was crowned May Queen of S.R.U. High School at the 15th annual May Day.

75 years ago - 1939

The Herrick Social Club met recently at the home of Jay Steven with about 50 members and guests present.

John H. McClelland of Troy was chosen recently to represent the Bradford County Planning and Zoning Commission at a meeting in Erie.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant (STY'-veh-suhnt) arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland.

In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Ten years ago: A grisly video on an al-Qaida-linked website showed the beheading of businessman Nick Berg, an American who'd been kidnapped in Iraq.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama fired the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, replacing Gen. David McKiernan with Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

One year ago: A pair of car bomb attacks in Turkey killed 52 people near the Syrian border.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Tim Blake Nelson is 50. Actor Jeffrey Donovan is 46. Country musician Keith West (Heartland) is 46. Actor Nicky Katt is 44. Actor Coby Bell is 39. Cellist Perttu Kivilaakso (PER'-tuh KEE'-wee-lahk-soh) is 36. Actor-singer Jonathan Jackson is 32. Rapper Ace Hood is 26.

Thought for Today: "It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding." - Erma Bombeck, American humorist (1927-1996).