Today is Friday, May 16, the 136th day of 2014. There are 229 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented. "Wings" won "best production," while Emil Jannings (YAHN'-ings) and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Workers from C&D Enterprise of Berwick for the past two weeks have been renovating the bell tower at the Sullivan County Courthouse in Laporte.

Riders for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Wheels for Life Bike-A-Thon are asking local citizens to pledge a contribution for each mile they ride.

50 years ago - 1964

The Towanda Area Industrial Development $100,000 campaign fund took another substantial step upward during the past two days with the total figure now at $30,000.

The annual spelling bee was conducted recently by the Towanda Council of Knights of Columbus. The grand prize winner was Patricia Moscatello, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moscatello, a seventh grader at St. Agnes School.

The New Albany PTA has received a certificate of commendation from the Pennsylvania Congress of Parents and Teachers for outstanding achievement in action programs.

75 years ago - 1939

The Lt. Asa Stevens Chapter, D.A.R. held its May meeting with Mrs. M. H. Smith in Sayre.

A tiny pinch of potassium chloride salt was suggested recently as the newest method of relieving hay fever sufferers during the coming sneezing season.

With nearly 100 local merchants already signed up, plans are now being completed by a committee from the Towanda Chamber of Commerce for a community sales event.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

In 1939, the federal government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, New York.

In 1943, the nearly month-long Warsaw Ghetto Uprising came to an end as German forces crushed the Jewish resistance and blew up the Great Synagogue.

In 1961, Park Chung-hee seized power in South Korea in a military coup.

In 1989, during his visit to Beijing, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, formally ending a 30-year rift between the two Communist powers.

Ten years ago: The Bush administration announced a new initiative to speed up the approval process for new combination AIDS drugs designed to bring cheap, easy-to-use treatment to millions of people in Africa and the Caribbean.

Five years ago: The ruling Congress party swept to a resounding victory in India's mammoth national elections.

One year ago: President Barack Obama named a temporary chief for the scandal-marred Internal Revenue Service and pressed Congress to approve new security money to prevent another Benghazi-style terrorist attack.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Danny Trejo is 70. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 61. Singer Janet Jackson is 48. Actress Tori Spelling is 41. Actress Lynn Collins is 37. Actress Megan Fox is 28.

Thought for Today: "I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it." - Studs Terkel, American writer (1912-2008).