Today is Wednesday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2014. There are 182 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

"Christmas in July" was celebrated recently by the Bradford County Outboard Motor Club in Durell. Campers adorned their vehicles with Christmas decorations, and enjoyed a picnic and live music.

Quite a few birds on Spring Hill have been living more comfortably this winter, spring and summer and some Spring Hill residents have had many hours of viewing pleasure because of a Boy Scout Service project led by Larry Beebe of Camptown Troop 4.

A bicycle safety rodeo was held recently at the Tom Thumb Nursery School and Day Center to allow children to register their bicycles and have their bicycles inspected.

50 years ago - 1964

An American Indian Intertribal Celebration was held at the Wyalusing Rocks recently to bring demonstrations of the vanishing arts and crafts of the Eastern Woodland Indian.

Kay Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Harris of Laceyville, has been selected to the American Field Service to participate in their Americans Abroad in Turkey.

At a meeting recently of the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital Richard Engisch reported that air conditioners have been installed in every room of the Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1714, German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck was born in Erasbach.

In 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."

In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.)

In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.

In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.

In 1943, Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Singers recorded "Sunday, Monday or Always" for Decca Records.

In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

In 1979, the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin was released to the public.

In 1982, Larry Walters of San Pedro, California, used a lawn chair equipped with 45 helium-filled weather balloons to rise to an altitude of 16,000 feet; he landed eight miles away in Long Beach.

Ten years ago: Elijah Brown, 21, described by police as a disgruntled employee, went on a shooting rampage inside a ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Kansas City, Kansas, killing five co-workers before taking his own life.

Five years ago: Thousands of U.S. Marines poured into Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country. North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles.

One year ago: The Obama administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Today's Birthdays: Racing Hall of Famer Richard Petty is 77. Writer-director-comedian Larry David is 67. Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 67. Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 65. Figure skater Johnny Weir is 30. Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale is 29. Actress Lindsay Lohan (LOH'-uhn) is 28.

Thought for Today: "No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men." - Thomas Carlyle, Scottish critic and historian (1795-1881).