Today is Saturday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2014. There are 242 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 3, 1944, U.S. wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended (however, rationing returned by year's end).
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Students, staff, parents and friends of St. Agnes School, recently celebrated the arrival of spring with a special program of music and dance.
Wyalusing residents got new lawn ornaments thanks to the Municipal Tree Restoration Program, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Resources Bureau of Forestry, Penn State University and Penelec.
75 years ago - 1939
Towanda Lions Club met recently with first vice-president Ennis Burch presiding. Bruce Search led the singing with Jim Chaffee at the piano.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1791, Poland adopted a national constitution.
In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.
In 1916, Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.
In 1933, Nellie T. Ross became the first female director of the U.S. Mint.
In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racial groups were legally unenforceable.
In 1952, the Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time on CBS; the winner was Hill Gail.
In 1973, Chicago's 110-story Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) was topped out after two years of construction, becoming the world's tallest building for the next 25 years.
In 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain's first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections.
In 1999, some 70 tornadoes roared across Oklahoma and Kansas, killing 46 people and injuring hundreds.
Ten years ago: The U.S. military said it had reprimanded seven officers in the abuse of inmates at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison, the first known punishments in the case; two of the officers were relieved of their duties.
Five years ago: Mexican President Felipe Calderon told state television a nationwide shutdown and an aggressive informational campaign appeared to have helped curtail an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico.
One year ago: Gunmen killed Chaudhry Zulfikar, Pakistan's lead prosecutor investigating the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, as he drove to court in the capital.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli is 80. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 68. Actress Christina Hendricks (TV: "Mad Men") is 39. Actor Dule (doo-LAY') Hill is 39. Dancer Cheryl Burke (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 30. Actress Jill Berard is 24.
Thought for Today: "A man can become so accustomed to the thought of his own faults that he will begin to cherish them as charming little 'personal characteristics.'" - Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950).