Today is Wednesday, May 14, the 134th day of 2014. There are 231 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 14, 1948, by the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

A plaque expressing the Towanda Area School District's appreciation to GTE Product Corporation for its donation of the Science Screen Report film series used in classroom instruction was presented to local industry representatives this week.

The Cobblestone, the well known singing group under the direction of Miss Cherilyn Ayres, performed recently at the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda.

50 years ago - 1964

First prize of $100 in the art contest for an emblem representing the Endless Mountains has been awarded to Miss Amy R. Zerner of Laporte, a senior at Sullivan County High School.

The Bradford County Beekeeper's Association has announced that Miss Carol Vanderpool, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Vanderpool of Liberty Corners has been chosen as "Honey Queen."

At a recent conference of the N.W. DHIA Supervisors, held in Mansfield, Steward Rosengrant of Durell was elected as chairman for the year of 1964.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at age four upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.

In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner inoculated 8-year-old James Phipps against smallpox by using cowpox matter.

In 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory as well as the Pacific Northwest left camp near present-day Hartford, Illinois.

In 1863, Union forces defeated the Confederates in the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi.

In 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation was founded in New York.

In 1942, Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

In 1961, Freedom Riders were attacked by violent mobs in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1964, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev joined United Arab Republic President Gamel Abdel Nasser in setting off charges, diverting the Nile River from the site of the Aswan High Dam project.

In 1973, the United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station. (Skylab 1 remained in orbit for six years before burning up during re-entry in 1979.) The National Right to Life Committee was incorporated.

In 1988, 27 people, mostly teens, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong direction on a highway near Carrollton, Kentucky. (Truck driver Larry Mahoney served 9 1/2 years in prison for manslaughter.)

In 1994, the West Bank town of Jericho saw its first full day of Palestinian self-rule following the withdrawal of Israeli troops, an event celebrated by Palestinians.

Ten years ago: Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper published a front-page apology after photographs supposedly showing British forces abusing Iraqi prisoners turned out to be fakes.

Five years ago: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA of misleading her and other lawmakers about the waterboarding of detainees during the Bush administration, disputing Republican charges that she'd been complicit in its use.

One year ago: In an op-ed appearing in The New York Times, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie said she'd undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. Flamboyant Texas huckster Billie Sol Estes died in DeCordova Bend at age 88.

Today's Birthdays: Movie producer George Lucas is 70. Actor Tim Roth is 53. Actor Danny Huston is 52. Rock musician Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) is 48. Fabrice Morvan (ex-Milli Vanilli) is 48. Actress Cate Blanchett is 45. Movie writer-director Sofia Coppola (KOH'-poh-lah) is 43. Rock musician Mike Retondo (Plain White T's) is 33. Actress Amber Tamblyn is 31. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is 30.

Thought for Today: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." - Dorothy Parker, American author, humorist, poet (1893-1967).