Today is Friday, August 8, the 220th day of 2014. There are 145 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective the next day, following damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Towanda Borough Council recently approved an open container law which calls for fines between $50 and $300 dollars and/or a jail term of up to 30 days.

The Wyalusing Borough Park was a flurry of activity recently as workers made last minute preparations and set up rides for the opening of the annual firemen's carnival.

Three months of planning resulted in a successful event for former students and their spouses, and teachers and their spouses of Fisher School, Standing Stone Township at the first time reunion since the school closed in 1959.

50 years ago - 1964

At an August meeting of the Monroe Borough Council, it was announced by Councilman Wayne Lilley that the Street Committee has ordered new street signs.

The Lions Club is planning to feed 1,000 people at a chicken barbecue.

75 years ago - 1939

Mrs. George Lamade of Williamsport, director of the State of Republican Women spoke recently at a picnic meeting of the Bradford County Council of Republican Women.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1814, during the War of 1812, peace talks between the United States and Britain began in Ghent, Belgium.

In 1911, President William Howard Taft signed a measure raising the number of U.S. representatives from 391 to 433, effective with the next Congress, with a proviso to add two more when New Mexico and Arizona became states.

In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan completed its occupation of Beijing.

In 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who'd cooperated with authorities were spared.

In 1963, Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes.

In 1968, the Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominated Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign - which he ended up doing.

In 1978, the U.S. launched Pioneer Venus 2, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

In 1994, Israel and Jordan opened the first road link between the two once-warring countries.

In 2007, space shuttle Endeavour roared into orbit with teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan on board.

Ten years ago: Alan Keyes, the Republican two-time presidential hopeful, threw his hat into Illinois' U.S. Senate race (he ended up losing in a landslide to Democrat Barack Obama).

Five years ago: Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third female justice.

One year ago: The U.S. sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting three strikes that left a dozen dead.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Dustin Hoffman is 77. Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 53. Rock musician Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 39. Singer JC Chasez ('N Sync) is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Drew Lachey (lah-SHAY') (98 Degrees) is 38. Tennis player Roger Federer is 33. Britain's Princess Beatrice of York is 26.

Thought for Today: "It is the anonymous 'they,' the enigmatic 'they' who are in charge. Who is 'they'? I don't know. Nobody knows. Not even 'they' themselves." - Joseph Heller, American author (1923-1999).