Today is Wednesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2014. There are 203 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On June 11, 1864, German composer Richard Strauss, known for such operas as "Der Rosenkavalier," ''Salome" and "Elektra" and tone poems like "Also sprach Zarathustra," was born in Munich.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Katie Kielty, an eighth grade student at St. Agnes School in Towanda, was presented the Spirit Award in recognition of her cheerful attitude and sportsmanship conduct among the members of the school's cheerleading squad.

Brian S. Bair, son of Merle and Cheryl Bair of Monroeton, has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to the rank of sergeant.

Mark Walters was recently selected as employee of the month for April at the Ingersoll-Rand plant in Athens.

50 years ago - 1964

The Army Corps of Engineers at Baltimore has received an application from the Pennsylvania and Southern Gas Co. 137 West Lockhart St., Sayre for a permit to install a six inch natural gas pipeline across the Susquehanna River.

Towanda RPH Auxiliary sent in a check of $328 to the General Treasurer.

Frank S. Dietrick, director of the Bradford County Council of Civil Defense, has mailed to Defense General Supply Center at Richmond, Va., an order for standard shelter supplies to be placed in the State Highways building, 340 York Ave.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.

In 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from again.

In 1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced majority in Parliament.

In 2001, Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

Ten years ago: The nation bade a lingering goodbye to former President Ronald Reagan at a stately funeral service in Washington, D.C. followed hours later by a hilltop burial ceremony in his beloved California.

Five years ago: With swine flu reported in more than 70 nations, the World Health Organization declared the first global flu pandemic in 41 years.

One year ago: A parade of FBI and intelligence officials briefed the entire House on the government's years-long collection of phone records and Internet usage, saying it was necessary for protecting Americans - and did not trample on their privacy rights.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Gene Wilder is 81. Rock musician Frank Beard (ZZ Top) is 65. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 58. Actor Hugh Laurie is 55. TV personality Mehmet Oz, M.D. ("Dr. Oz") is 54. Actor Peter Dinklage is 45. Actor Joshua Jackson is 36. Actor Shia LaBeouf (SHY'-uh luh-BUF') is 28.

Thought for Today: "Neither in the life of the individual nor in that of mankind is it desirable to know the future." - Jakob Burckhardt (YAH'-kawb BUHRK'-hart), Swiss historian (1818-1897).