Today is Wednesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2014. There are 238 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 7, 1789, America's first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President George Washington, who'd taken the oath of office a week earlier. (His wife, Martha, did not attend; she was back in Virginia, attending to family business.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

The annual bachelor auction to benefit the fight against cancer drew nearly 300 people as local women bid for dates with the area's most eligible bachelors. It was great fun for a great cause.

Athlete Bill Bardo of Alba, was training for national track and field competition that was held in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Bardo specialized in discus throwing, and was a top competitor, though he is legally blind.

Students at Northeast Bradford Elementary School recently joined in PennDOT's "Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Day" program by picking up refuse on Route 467 near the school, Potterville Road and on the school grounds. All 700 elementary school students took part in the cleaning.

50 years ago - 1964

For the second consecutive year, employees of Pennsylvania Electric Company have achieved superior results in accident prevention competition in the National Safety Contest.

The regular monthly meeting of the Wyalusing Cub Pack 8 was held and displays of "Naturalist Ability," were shown.

The Warren Township School alumni banquet was held recently with about 70 alumni and guests attending.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1915, nearly 1,200 people died when a German torpedo sank the British liner RMS Lusitania off the Irish coast.

In 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in World War II.

In 1954, the 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.

In 1964, Pacific Air Lines Flight 773, a Fairchild F27, crashed near San Ramon, Calif., after a passenger apparently shot both pilots, then himself, killing all 44 people on board.

In 1994, Norway's most famous painting, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch (muhnk), was recovered almost three months after it had been stolen from an Oslo museum.

Ten years ago: Army Pfc. Lynndie England, shown in photographs smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners, was charged by the military with assaulting the detainees and conspiring to mistreat them. (England was later convicted of conspiracy, mistreating detainees and committing an indecent act, and sentenced to 36 months; she served half that term.) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld offered "my deepest apology" to abused Iraqi prisoners and warned that videos and photos yet to come could further inflame worldwide outrage.

Five years ago: Former Illinois police Sgt. Drew Peterson was indicted for murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. (Peterson was convicted of murdering Savio, and was sentenced to 38 years in prison.)

One year ago: Twenty-four people were killed by a gas tanker-truck explosion on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Today's Birthdays: Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 68. Actress Traci Lords is 46. Singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 43. Actor Breckin Meyer is 40. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 28. Actress-comedian Aidy Bryant (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 27. Actor Taylor Abrahamse is 23.

Thought for Today: "When an old man dies, a library burns down." - African proverb.