Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

There was a banner at the corner of Route 220 and Route 414 in Monroeton recently giving a welcome home to Towanda Junior Little League (13 year olds) who are headed for state championships in Milton.

West Burlington Township will be planning their 1989 Neighborhood Day at the township building.

50 years ago - 1964

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 60 met recently and adopted a resolution calling for definite and drastic changes in the procedures of the probation department of Bradford County.

Approximately 75 persons attended a picnic dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wood in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Nine Boy Scouts of Libya, North Africa, were entertained recently at a "cookout" at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vogt.

75 years ago - 1939

A very enjoyable evening was spent by the Social Club members at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Anderson.

Miss Phyllis Meadows entertained the girls of the Stephen C. Foster Musical Society recently.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.

In 1875, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, died in Carter County, Tennessee, at age 66.

In 1919, Germany's Weimar (VY'-mahr) Constitution was adopted by the republic's National Assembly.

In 1930, the radio character "The Shadow" made his debut as narrator of the "Detective Story Hour" on CBS Radio.

In 1933, the radio series "Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy," made its debut on CBS radio station WBBM in Chicago.

In 1942, Oxfam International had its beginnings as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief was founded in England.

In 1954, Pakistan's K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, reached the summit.

In 1964, country singer-songwriter Jim Reeves, 40, and his manager, Dean Manuel, were killed when their private plane crashed in bad weather near Nashville.

In 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723, a DC-9, crashed while trying to land at Boston's Logan International Airport, killing all 89 people on board.

Ten years ago: The Vatican issued a document denouncing feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father.

Five years ago: Three American tourists were arrested by Iran on suspicion of espionage while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border. (Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced to eight years after being convicted on spy-related charges, but were released after more than two years; Sarah Shourd was released on health grounds after 14 months.)

One year ago: President Barack Obama's national security team acknowledged for the first time that, when investigating one suspected terrorist, it could read and store the phone records of millions of Americans.

Today's Birthdays: Actress France Nuyen is 75. International Tennis Hall of Famer Evonne Goolagong Cawley is 63. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is 56. Actor Wesley Snipes is 52. Author J.K. Rowling (ROHL'-ing) is 49. Country singer-musician Zac Brown is 36. Actor Rico Rodriguez is 16.

Thought for Today: "The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception." - E.V. Lucas, English author and critic (1868-1938).